Lunchtime Seminar: Beyond Blame, Shame, and Guilt: Relational Teaching about Privilege Systems

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2011



In this interactive session, on March 10th, Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D. will present her own story of coming to see privilege systems, and facilitate others’ testimonies as well. McIntosh calls this kind of facilitation relational teaching, and believes that when everyone is allowed to tell some of their own story relative to unearned disadvantage as well as unearned advantage, then the existence of privilege systems can be faced without blame, shame, and guilt. Peggy McIntosh is a senior research scientist and associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, and author of the influential paper, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.

Lunchtime Seminar Series programs are free and open to the public. Held Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Cheever House Library, the seminars highlight the work of Wellesley Centers for Women researchers and program staff. For more information, call 781.283.2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org.

Since 1974, the Wellesley Centers for Women has been a driving force—both behind the scenes and in the spotlight—promoting positive change for women, children, and families. Work at WCW addresses three major areas: the status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional wellbeing of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.