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October 15, 2015

Joan Galvan, Public Information Officer
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Nationally Known Author Tim Wise To Speak at SBCC

Renowned anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will deliver the keynote address at the 25th Annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture at Santa Barbara City College on Tues., Nov. 10.  The lecture will be held from 12:45 to 2:05 p.m. at SBCC’s Garvin Theatre on West Campus.  A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Both are free and open to the community.

Mr. Wise’s lecture, “Resurrecting Apartheid, from Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border – Combating Racism in the Post-Obama Era,” is one in a series of presentations sponsored by the college to heighten awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic differences.

Named by Utne Reader as one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” Mr. Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on more than 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has lectured internationally on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market and has provided anti-racism training to professionals in education and healthcare nationwide. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. 

A frequent guest and commentator on radio and television, Mr. Wise is the author of seven books, including Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, his latest, and the highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.  

His 2013 documentary, White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America, will be shown at SBCC on Mon., Nov.  9, the evening before Mr. Wise presents the Dorantes Lecture.  The documentary will air at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room 211 on East Campus and is open to the community free of charge.

The Dorantes lecture series at Santa Barbara City College was established in honor of Leonardo Dorantes, a SBCC second-year student and Mexican immigrant, who was tragically killed in 1990 in an assault with strong racial overtones. Started in 1991 by SBCC and the SBCC Foundation, the series was designed to heighten the awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic differences and shared commonalities in Santa Barbara. 

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