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IBM says, "Think."
Macintosh says, "Think different."
We say, "Think again."

What does it take for us — especially those of us who are white — to see white privilege and power? How can those of us who hunger for racial justice find ways to point at whiteness and to help white people see it?

The purpose of the fourth national conference on whiteness is to bring together those who work with white people against systems of white power and privilege in order to Think Again. To look and see again. To notice what had escaped our notice previously. Our intention as planners has been to create containers for looking and thinking again and for finding ways to work together.

To work together, we must move in, over, and through our differences — of culture, religion, political analysis and strategy, age, class, life history, work experience, geographic origins, language, physical and mental ability, gender and sexual orientation — and the systems of superiority and inferiority we internalize.

This conference is an opportunity for
The fourth annual conference will begin with visits to and a history of Boston which will ground our collective attention on one city’s experience with white power and privilege and the ways it is preserved or challenged.

The middle portion of the conference will be devoted primarily to dialogue in small groups, in some cases, preceded by very brief presentations. Such presentations will be offered, not to showcase any particular individual, approach or project, but as a stimulus for the dialogues in which we share our wisdom and learn from each other.

The final sessions of the conference will give participants an opportunity to assess what they have learned and the implications they see for action. It will allow time for networking and strategizing for action.


If you are a parent, public official, student, artist, spiritual leader, community activist, educator, organizer, or anyone else who works and lives for racial justice and equality specifically with white people in white communities and organizations — whether you get paid to do that or not — please consider coming to this conference.

We ask that you come with an intention

Space at the conference is limited. Register early.


The focus of these visits — guided by people who know the neighborhoods well — will be on the ways in which white power and privilege have operated in that neighborhood historically and how they operate today.

At the time of this printing, the neighborhoods considered for these visits include the South End, Beacon Hill, Fields Corner, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Chinatown.

We assume a lot can be learned about whiteness when we are intentional about focusing on it. Participants will be asked to focus not only on what they see in and hear about the neighborhood they visit, but also on what they observe about their own reactions and feelings both about the neighborhood itself and the interactions they have with others in their group and people they meet along the way.


The Council Process was developed by Earth Drum Council, inspired by council processes of many cultures (including Native American, African, and ancient European), and influenced by modern business facilitation practices. Council Process creates a space for deep listening to others speaking from the heart. Freed from debate, participants will have an opportunity to examine assumptions and discover our collective wisdom. Facilitators trained in this process will create a space for deep listening, soulful speaking and the discovery of how individual perspectives inform the whole. Participants will be assigned to a small group of 15 to 20.


We ask that individuals pay as much as they can between $50 and $175. We estimate that the average cost per participant will be $75 — which covers publicity, space, clean-up, telephone, food, printing, and so on. If $50 is prohibitive, please call 617-536-8782 to discuss options. The sliding scale for those sponsored by their organizations is $75 to $175.


Women’s Theological Center
P.O. Box 1200, Boston, MA 02117
617-536-8782 /

56 Lincoln Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
1-800-686-4809 /

Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change
Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Diane Hammer / 617-521-2480

Partnership Against Racism
1507 E 53rd St., #132, Chicago, IL 60615
773-643-5732 /

Public Conversations Project
46 Kondazian St., Watertown, MA 02172
617-923-1216 /

Earth Drum Council
Jimi Two Feathers, P.O. Box 1284, Concord, MA 01742
978-371-2502 /

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
474 Center St., Newton, MA 02458

Community Change
14 Beacon St., #605, Boston, MA 02108

Center for the Study of White American Culture
245 W. 4th Ave., Roselle, NJ 07203
908-241-5439 /

Boston African American National Historic Site
National Park Services, 14 Beacon St., #503
Boston, MA 02108 /


Friday, June 23, 2000
Ancient and Honorable
Hall, Faneuil Hall

8:30 to 9:00
9:30 to 11:00
Welcome and context setting
11:00 to 3:00
Visits to Boston neighborhoods (includes getting lunch)
3:00 to 5:30
Debrief visits and create collective
picture of Boston

Saturday, June 24, 2000
Simmons College

8:30 to 9:00
Continental breakfast *
9:00 to 10:00
Full group context-setting and
introduction to the day’s process
10:00 to 1:00
Council process in small groups
Details above
1:00 to 2:00
Lunch *
2:00 to 5:00
Council process in small groups
5:00 to 7:00
7:00 to 9:00
Full group gathering

Sunday, June 25, 2000
Simmons College

8:30 to 9:00
Continental breakfast
9:00 to 10:00
Creating open space options
10:00 to 1:00
Individuals participate in activities/groups of their choosing
1:00 to 2:00
Closing lunch *

* meals provided
(Schedule subject to change)

DEADLINE: June 9, 2000 or while space is available
Registration questions? Call 617-536-8782
NOTE: Please do not register if you cannot commit to participating in the whole event.

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To help planners create groups, please complete the following:

Racial/cultural identity __________________________

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Forum for your anti-racism/"whiteness" work




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Disabilities or other things we should know about  — particularly with regard to food 

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Return this form to:

WTC, P.O. Box 1200, Boston, MA 02117-1200

Information on previous conferences

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