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Dickinson College to Host Lecture on Relational Violence & The Construct of Whiteness

Portrait of Courtney Ariel

Courtney Ariel

A broader perspective on relational healing

Courtney Ariel, songwriter, storyteller and Sojourners magazine contributor, will discuss race and the constructs of superiority during a special livestream event hosted by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College. The online program, “Reimagining Citizenship: Thoughts on Relational Violence & the Construct of Whiteness,” will take place Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. The link to the event will be available on the Clarke Forum website. The public is invited to watch the discussion and submit questions in the comments section of the YouTube livestream.

Ariel will explore how dismantling constructs of superiority can present a broader perspective on relational healing and citizenship within and around us. Her Sojourners magazine articles include “For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies” and “How White Liberals Perpetuate Relational Violence.” Through her writing and music, which is available on most streaming platforms, Ariel is committed to speaking back—speaking truth—to systems of oppression, which she believes to be at the core of her resistance and pathway to liberation.

The event is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

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Published June 23, 2020