Title: “A white guy talks about himself: revelations about identity and liberation.”
Description: “Suppose I start by stating that I am a straight white cis man from a working-class family. What does that even mean? How does it affect my actions, my values, and my decision to give this talk? Is this talk problematic? Do we need another white guy dispensing advice on race, gender, class, and more? I’m going to share some stories, some revelations, and some quotes that have helped me along. Most of these are stories of failures, don’t expect to be inspired. However, I do think I can offer at least my own perspective on working to wake up and working to support change. I’ll make sure there’s plenty of time for a Q&A, bring your questions and I’ll bring mine.”
Bio: Kevin Roberge has taught mathematics at UMaine for over a decade as an adjunct Lecturer and, in the past year, has begun teaching in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program as well. He is involved in a number of groups on campus working to support change, most recently the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. He lives with his wife and children in Orono.
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