Event: Joe Feagin Speaking on Racism at Columbia University

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 2, Joe R. Feagin, Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University (and co-founder of this blog), will be giving a talk about his research, entitled:

“Backstage and Frontstage Racism: Everyday Performances and What to Do About Them.”

His talk will be from 12:30pm-2:00pm in the Hess Commons, 722 W. 168th Street (at the Public Health campus of Columbia University).  Feagin’s talk is sponsored by The Center for the Study of the Social Inequalities & Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, and co-sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health Diversity Committee and Sub-committee on Student Diversity, and the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program.

If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!


  1. Doc

    I wish I could make it, but I am in the Mid-West U.S. so that is a little far for me.
    I recently bought Dr. Feagin’s book “Two-Faced Racism.” I haven’t read it yet because I thought I would have a btter understanding of the material after I read Goffman’s “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.” So that is what I am reading now, hopefully I will be able to crack open “Two-Faced” next week.
    I find the premise of the book “Two-Faced” very appealing because I find myself in the white backstage daily. I am hoping this book will help to guide me in my approaches toward the racist behaviors of others. An article written by sociologist Dr. Teresa Guess, “The Social Construction of Whiteness: Racism by Intent, Racism by Consequence,” really helped me to understand with every individual comes a different approach. For many, the racist actions and behaviors that they perform seem to be habitual without any realization of the underlying racist premise. For others, there is a real acknowledgment and drive behind their racist behaviors. Thus far with my limited knowledge on the matter I feel it is very important to distinguish between the two before attempting to challenge their actions/behaviors. Otherwise, the wrong approach could put a stop to any kind of critical dialogue and therefore undermine your attempts to challenge the person’s racial worldview

  2. Jessie Author

    Hey Doc, mordy, Jeremy ~ thanks for your comments. Sorry, no evening lecture and no audio available. Maybe next time!? Good turn out and an engaging talk – as ever.

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