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ASU to host free workshop on privilege

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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 4:15 pm

Tomorrow, July 14, Arizona State University’s Project Humanities will attempt to uncover the meaning of privilege and how it impacts society with a free workshop in the East Valley.

Project Humanities will help participants to uncover biases in everyday life and consider ways to combat these prejudices during the Perils and Perks of Privilege series at the Pomegranate Café in Ahwatukee.

“This is not about shaming anyone or making anyone feel guilty. Rather, it is about personal and private self-reflection such that we better understand the perspectives of others,” said Dr. Neal Lester of ASU, leader of the six-part workshop series.

The Perils and Perks of Privilege workshop will also be hosted by filmmaker and author Yvette Johnson, and this session will feature special guest Dr. Allison Parker, a faculty member at South Mountain Community College. Parker specializes in African-American literature, rhetoric, and women and gender studies.

The facilitators at the workshop will encourage a safe and respectful environment while providing structure to the discussion, but it will be up to the attendees to influence the conversation with their own diverse thoughts. Facilitators will also encourage participants to consider strategies for combatting the systemic biases that can result from privilege.

The Perils and Perks of Privilege workshop is not limited to the less-privileged but is extended to all in order to obtain diverse opinions and viewpoints. The workshop was created with the belief that each and every person both suffers and benefits from the biases and privileges associated with different categories of people.

This is the fourth Perils and Perks of Privilege in the six-part series and the only workshop to be featured in Ahwatukee. The next workshop will be on Oct. 25 in Bisbee and the final workshop will be Nov. 6 at the Desert Botanical Garden. Each unique workshop uses interactive activities to explore the everyday manifestations of privilege, the unearned and often invisible ways in which society accommodates and disadvantages everyone simultaneously.

Project Humanities is an award-winning Arizona State University initiative dedicated to encouraging meaningful community discussions. Project Humanities hosts and sponsors hundreds of free and public events annually across all four ASU campuses and beyond, raising important questions and critical perspectives among and across disciplines, cultures, professions and generations.

For more information on the Perils and Perks of Privilege workshop or Project Humanities, email or call (480) 727-7030. The free workshop will be hosted from 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14 at the Pomegranate Café, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd.

• Kaitlyn Thompson is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.

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