University to Host ‘Whiteness in Decline’ Event

Nathan Rubbelke, The College Fix, March 22, 2018

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The lecture, titled “Whiteness in Decline: The Emotional Politics of White Nationalist Resurgence,” will take place April 12 and include a presentation from professor Paula Ioanide of Ithaca College in New York.

Ioanide’s remarks will touch on the “imagined and real losses in entitlements white Americans have come to expect and the ways these connect to the resurgence of white nationalism,” according to an online description of the event.

“Ioanide argues that the reactionary emotional politics of white nationalism indicate both the precarious structure of white domination and the effectiveness of racial justice movements,” a flyer for the event states.

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On March 29, Columbia College professor Michelle Yates will present an “ecofeminist reading of Hollywood’s climate fiction film” as part of the lecture series. Yates’s presentation will examine the films “Soylent Green” and “Interstellar” and discuss how they “utilize climate change as a recuperative strategy for the re-privileging of hegemonic white masculinity.”

Another gathering in the series scheduled for late April will feature University of Illinois at Chicago professor Adrienne Massanari speaking about the alt-right’s use of the website Reddit.

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