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University to host ‘whiteness in decline’ event

Lecture to address ‘resurgence of white supremacy’

A lecture scheduled for next month at Columbia College in Chicago will examine the topic of “whiteness in decline” and look at how whites’ current social position has led to a “resurgence of white supremacy.”

The lecture, titled “Whiteness in Decline: The Emotional Politics of White Nationalist Resurgence,” will take place April 12 and include a presentation from professor Paula Ioanide of Ithaca College in New York.

Ioanide’s remarks will touch on the “imagined and real losses in entitlements white Americans have come to expect and the ways these connect to the resurgence of white nationalism,” according to an online description of the event.

“Ioanide argues that the reactionary emotional politics of white nationalism indicate both the precarious structure of white domination and the effectiveness of racial justice movements,” a flyer for the event states.

Ioanide, a professor of comparative race and ethnicity studies, did not respond to The College Fix’s request for comment regarding her upcoming talk.

The April 12 event is included in a six-part campus lecture series titled “Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The ‘Forgotten Man’ in the Trump Era.” Other lectures in the series, which runs until May, focus on topics such as “feminist ecology” and the alt-right’s use of social media.

A Feb. 22 event that was part of the lecture series included a Vanderbilt University history professor visiting Columbia College and speaking about “the recurring trope of the ‘forgotten man’ in American politics from social Darwinist William Graham Sumner to Franklin Roosevelt to Donald J. Trump.”

On March 29, Columbia College professor Michelle Yates will present an “ecofeminist reading of Hollywood’s climate fiction film” as part of the lecture series. Yates’s presentation will examine the films “Soylent Green” and “Interstellar” and discuss how they “utilize climate change as a recuperative strategy for the re-privileging of hegemonic white masculinity.”

Another gathering in the series scheduled for late April will feature University of Illinois at Chicago professor Adrienne Massanari speaking about the alt-right’s use of the website Reddit.

“The 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,” the event’s description states.

A Columbia College professor listed as a contact for the “Forgotten Man” lecture series declined to comment to The College Fix about the events. In addition, a campus spokeswoman said the college was unable to coordinate an interview with a member of the school’s Humanities, History, and Social Sciences department, which is sponsoring the lectures.

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About the Author
Nathan Rubbelke served as a staff reporter for The College Fix with a specialty on investigative and enterprise reporting from 2017 to 2018. He has also held editorial positions at The Commercial Review daily newspaper in Portland, Indiana, as well as at The Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics and St. Louis Public Radio. Rubbelke graduated from Saint Louis University, where he majored in political science and sociology.

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