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How Children Learn about Race
So often, when we at EmbraceRace introduce our work to someone new, the response includes something along the lines of, "Wonderful! I'd love help knowing how to talk to my kids about race!" However, the truth is that what adult caregivers say explicitly to children about race, when we say anything at all, forms only a small part of what children learn about race. In this program, we take a close look at the childhood landscape of racial learning. Beyond what we say to them explicitly, what other factors shape what our children learn about race? How do differences in racial and class identities shape the ways children learn and are taught about race? Join us for an hour of revelations and insights - and come prepared to share your own!

Jan 22, 2019 8:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Maggie Haggerman
Author/Professor @Mississippi State University
Margaret A. Hagerman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University and is a Faculty Affiliate in both the African American Studies and Gender Studies programs. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2014. Her qualitative research focuses on the study of racial socialization, or how kids learn about race, racism, inequality, and privilege. Dr. Hagerman’s newly published book, White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (NYU Press) explores how white children learn about race in the context of their everyday lives. This work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Time, L.A. Times, The Conversation, and on radio programs across the U.S. and Canada including NPR’s Marketplace. Her research can also be found in publications such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Sociological Studies of Children and Youth.
Erin Winkler
Associate Professor @University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Erin N. Winkler is a professor of African & African Diaspora Studies and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also serves on the advisory boards of Childhood and Adolescent Studies; Ethnic Studies; and Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino/a Studies; and is affiliated faculty in Women's Studies. She earned her Ph.D at the University of California-Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. She is author of the book, Learning Race, Learning Place: Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods. She has recently consulted for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, working to train museum staff to have productive conversations about race and racism with visitors of all ages and backgrounds (2016), and servings as an instructor in the Museum’s week-long workshop for K-12 teachers, “Let’s Talk: Teaching Race in the Classroom” (2017). She has consulted for several schools and districts in WI.