Skip to main content
News

UNCC philosophy professor Shannon Sullivan on “Becoming White” Feb. 22

Shannon Sullivan, Professor of Philosophy and Health Psychology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Shannon Sullivan, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Professor of Philosophy will speak on the Furman University campus Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Bryan Garden Room of Daniel Memorial Chapel.

Her CLP talk, “Becoming White: White Education and Erasure of Black Suffering” is free and open to the public and is presented by Furman’s Office of Spiritual Life. It is part of Furman’s month-long celebration of Black History Month.

Sullivan will speak about how the habits of whiteness are developed in white children, before those habits become relatively sedimented in adulthood. Approaching the issue as both a phenomenological and a transgenerational question, she addresses how the adult world passes down raced habits to the next generation and, in the case of whiteness, how do adults engender these habits so “invisibly” that they do not even appear to exist?

Sullivan will tackle those questions by examining a particular type of white habit: not perceiving the suffering of people of color. Sullivan will connect the historical realities of the erasure of black suffering with its occurrence on college campuses, giving insight into the cultural phenomena of whiteness and its origins.

Shannon Sullivan is Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy and Health Psychology at UNC Charlotte. She specializes in feminist philosophy, critical philosophy of race, American philosophy (especially pragmatism), and continental philosophy.

She is the author of four books, most recently, Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism (2014) and The Physiology of Sexist and Racist Oppression (2015).  She also is co-editor of four books, including Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance (2007) and Feminist Interpretations of William James (2015).

Sullivan holds a bachelor’s from Trinity University (Texas) and master’s and doctorate degrees from Vanderbilt University.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Last updated .

Roe v Wade ruling by Supreme Court affects more than abortion rights

Furman faculty weigh in with expert perspective on health care, history, social justice, education and other aspects of the June 24 decision.

It’s a wrap: Strategic design master’s students shine in package refresh competition

Four Master of Arts in Strategic Design candidates reimagine a legacy package for The Coca-Cola Company.

Elizabeth Allen ’20 M’22 poses with her Guinness World Record-winning chain made of 10,000 Starburst wrappers.

Alum wraps up record-setting feat – link by link

Elizabeth Allen ’20 M’22 reached her goal one Starburst at a time

Bright futures, big city: Dins take on NYC for Career Treks

The Malone Center for Career Engagement organized the treks, which gave students the chance to explore the fields of finance and communications.