Association for Conflict Resolution
14th Annual Conference
October 8 - 11, 2014
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio USA
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Keynote Speaker: Tim Wise
Tim Wise is a prominent anti-racist writer, educator, consultant and advocate. Identified as one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader in 2010, Wise has spoken in all 50 states and lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market. Wise is the author of six books, including the highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son; and his latest 2013 book entitled The Culture of Cruelty: How America’s Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future.
Wise’s remarks will help conference participants in recognizing how issues of inequality and racial, social, cultural, and ethnic differences factor into conflicts of all types. A central part of ACR’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion involves helping our members to become better equipped to handle difficult issues related to privilege, prejudice and inequality as they come up in our practice, our professional associations and our private lives.
Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has conducted trainings with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff’s attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.
In summer, 2005, Wise served as an adjunct faculty member at the Smith College School for Social Work, in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he co-taught a Master’s level class on Racism in the U.S. In 2001, Wise trained journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting, as a visiting faculty-in-residence at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.
Wise has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and was featured in a segment on ABC’s 20/20, in 2007. He has been featured in several documentary films, including “Vocabulary of Change,” a public dialogue with legendary activist and scholar, Angela Davis. His film “White Like Me,” which he co-wrote and co-produced with the Media Education Foundation — and which explores both his personal biography and political analysis — was be released in August, 2013.
Tim and his wife Kristy are the proud parents of two daughters.