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

This year’s conference is SOLD OUT. You can live-stream the Friday & Saturday morning plenary activities for FREE from anywhere at https://www.youtube.com/c/MetropolitanStateLive/live. Scroll down for the daily schedule.

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Breakout workshops

View/download the printed program

“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.
View/download Feagin handout

Saturday plenary performance:

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

View/download the FREC 2019 Conference Flyer

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

Conference breakout workshops

We are excited by the strong enthusiasm for the Overcoming Racism Conference.  In order to accommodate as many people as possible we have made two different options for hearing the morning keynote presentations.  You may either join us in the auditorium with the presenters or you may have a seat in an alternate space at Metro where we will provide a live stream.  The auditorium space is limited to 300 people so if you prefer this option, make sure you arrive early because it will fill up.


Friday, November 15

7:30 am          Check-in opens in Founders Hall

8:00 am          Welcome/Opening Ceremony
8:45 am          Conference Theme, Overview and Logistics
9:00 am          First Keynote Presentation:  Joe Feagin View/download Feagin handout

9:40 am          Break

10:00 am        Second Keynote Presentation:  Winona LaDuke
10:40 am        Stretch Break and Gathering of Cards with Questions
10:50 am        Question and Answer Session with Winona LaDuke and Joe Feagin
11:50 am        Spoken Word by Jelly

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

4:40 pm          ASDIC 15th Anniversary Celebration – All are invited to the program featuring Joe R. Feagin, the guest speaker, a marimba band, food and dancing.  There is no charge for meal, program and entertainment, however, there shall be a fundraising appeal. Come join the ASDIC Metamorphosis community and FREC community for a special evening!

Saturday, November 16

8:30 am         Check-in opens in Founders Hall

9:00 am         Mdewakanton Sioux Singers

9:30 am         Welcome and Introduction

9:45 am         Exposed Brick Theatre Aamera Siddiqui 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

**** ALLERGY ALERT NOTICE**** A participant in this conference has a severe allergy to orange fruits and orange-containing products such as scents, oils, flavorings, beverages, and food dyes. Exposure may cause anaphylaxis or death. Please DO NOT bring and/or consume oranges, orange-like fruits, or derived products in this conference space.

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