Monday, Jan 18, 2021
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Leadership for Society: Race and Power Webinar Series — Whiteness

Author of “White by Law,” Ian López, shares how the concept of whiteness was constructed and how current law maintains unequal outcomes.
Open to
Stanford Community



When we talk about race we typically focus on racial minorities. Today, it seems much less uncomfortable to talk about what it means to be white. In this session we jump in. What does it mean to be white? Who gets to be white and why?

Professor Brian Lowery talks with Ian López, the author of White by Law and of Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America. They discuss how the concept of whiteness was constructed and how current law maintains unequal outcomes, and ways to overcome the political weaponization of whiteness.

This event is part of a weekly series of conversations with prominent leaders that aims to deepen our collective awareness of the role of race in the United States and around the world. We will discuss how race interacts with structures of power and how systemic racism manifests itself in institutions and our daily lives.

Sign up for GSBGEN495 Leadership for Society: Race and Power for credit (may be repeated) or register to audit any or all of the live webinars.

Who should attend

  • You care about racial equity but don’t have the foundational knowledge to feel confident in speaking up on the topic.
  • You aspire to lead and empathize with a racially diverse workforce.
  • You are knowledgeable about the complexities of race but want to learn from the insights of prominent leaders on this topic
Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley School of Law