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College series on 'Trump Era' features lectures celebrating the decline of 'whiteness

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An upcoming lecture series at Columbia College in Chicago will cover the so-called demise of white people and how it is leading to a “resurgence of white supremacy."(vadimguzhva/Getty images)

An upcoming lecture at Columbia College in Chicago will cover the so-called demise of white people and how it is leading to a “resurgence of white supremacy."

What is the lecture series about?

The lecture, titled "Whiteness in Decline: The Emotional Politics of White Nationalist Resurgence," will be presented April 12 by Paula Ioanide, a professor of comparative race and ethnicity studies at Ithaca College in New York.

Ionide is set to deliver a case about how the “reactionary emotional politics of white nationalism indicate both the precarious structure of white domination and the effectiveness of racial justice movements,” according to an announcement for the event.

It's part of an ongoing series of lectures under the umbrella of "Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The 'Forgotten Man' in the Trump Era." The six-part lecture series features topics such as “feminist ecology” and the alt-right’s use of social media.

Other upcoming lectures are also critical about "whiteness."

On March 29, Columbia College professor Michelle Yates will speak about “ecofeminist reading of Hollywood’s climate fiction film” as part of the lecture series, according to reports. During her presentation, Yates will talk about the films “Soylent Green” and “Interstellar” and how they “utilize climate change as a recuperative strategy for the re-privileging of hegemonic white masculinity.”

In late April, Illinois at Chicago professor Adrienne Massanari will speak about how the "alt-right" uses the Reddit website. Massanari plans to address “technolibertarian ideals of Reddit and its culture of anti-feminism, trolling, and ambivalent humor are reflected in the site’s most prominent "alt-right" spaces,” according to The College Fix.

How else are colleges promoting this issue?

The Columbia College lectures come on the heels of the Leadership Imperative Conference conference that was cancelled at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The reason? Too many of the speakers were white. The lineup at the private college included women who were mostly middle-aged with blonde or brown hair, The College Fix reported.

Earlier this month, the school issued a statement explaining why it called off the conference, the Star Tribune reported.

“We did not feel the list [of speakers] adequately represented the St. Kate’s community or fulfilled the objective of lifting up the voices of all women,” the announcement stated. “While this was a tough decision, we believe it was an important one.”

John Hinderaker, president of the Minneapolis-based Center of the American Experiment, a politically conservative think tank, told the Star Tribune the decision was appalling.

“This is the kind of absurdity you get when you prioritize skin color over merit,” Hinderaker said.

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