Dismantling White Supremacy – Its Power, Structures & Culture
November 15-16, 2019 at Metropolitan State Metropolitan State University’s Dayton’s Bluff campus in St. Paul, at E. 7th & Maria

Registration opened September 1, 2019 – More information on the registration page.   Scroll down for the daily schedule.

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“If you are attempting to study American history, and you don’t understand the force of white supremacy, you fundamentally misunderstand America.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates 

“By ‘white supremacy’ I do not mean to allude only to the self-conscious racism of white supremacist hate groups. I refer instead to a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources, conscious and unconscious ideas of white superiority and entitlement are widespread, and relations of white dominance and non-white subordination are daily reenacted across a broad array of institutions and social settings.”  – Frances Lee Ansley 

“When liberal whites fail to understand how they can and/or do embody white supremacist values and beliefs even though they may not embrace racism as prejudice or domination (especially domination that involves coercive control), they cannot recognize the ways their actions support and affirm the very structure of racist domination and oppression that they wish to see eradicated.” – bell hooks, Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black 

“White supremacy … doesn’t demand the individual participation of the singular bigot. It is a machine operating in perpetuity because it doesn’t demand that somebody be in place driving.” – Michael Eric Dyson 

Say white supremacy and many people envision white hoods or tiki torches. Such images may generate headlines, but white supremacy manifests in other ways that are far more insidious and damaging. Culturally speaking, white supremacy is the idea that white people are better and more deserving of wealth, power, and privilege than people of color. It is a self-perpetuating system that continues to fuel colonialism, exploitation, oppressions, inequities, and the brutalities that people of color continue to endure. The 2019 Overcoming Racism Conference is dedicated to dismantling its power, its structures, and the culture that enables it to thrive.

Friday keynote speakers:

Winona LaDuke. Internationally recognized activist on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth. Founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Winona has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues.

Joe Feagin. Ella C. McFadden and Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University who does major research on systemic racism, classism, and sexism issues. He has published 70 scholarly books in these research areas, including The White Racial Frame.

Saturday plenary performance:

Exposed Brick Theatre will present an adaptation of “American as Curry Pie” and facilitate discussion with the audience.

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Completion certificates will be available. We will not have pre-approved CEUs.

Conference breakout workshops


Friday, November 15

7:30 am        Check-in opens in Founders Hall

8:00 am         Welcome by MC’s, Virgil Mountain Singers (a Dakota drumming and singing group), Smudging/Sage blessing, Welcome by Metro State President

9:00 am         Keynote addresses by Winona LaDuke and Joe Feagin

Discussion / Q & A Session

12:00 pm        LUNCH

1:15 pm          Workshop Session A

2:45 pm           BREAK

3:00 pm           Workshop Session B

4:30 pm           Workshops End

Saturday, November 16

8:30 am         Check-in opens in Founders Hall

9:00 am         Virgil Mountain Singers

9:30 am         Welcome and Introduction

9:45 am         Exposed Brick Theatre performs an adaptation of “American as Curry Pie” and facilitates discussion with the audience.

11:30 am       LUNCH

12:30 pm       Workshop Session C

2:00 pm         BREAK

2:15 pm         Workshop Session D

3:45 pm         Workshops End & Conference Ends

Accessibility Accommodations: If you need disability-related accommodations, including parking, to make this event successful, please contact the Center for accessibility resources at 651-793-1549 or accessibility.resources@Metrostate.edu as soon as possible.

Conference breakout workshops

Conference logistics