Dr. Peggy McIntosh will talk about “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” at St. Bonaventure University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the John J. Murphy Professional Building’s Dresser Auditorium.
McIntosh, founder and co-director of the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum, will speak about generating more gender-fair and multicultural curricula among colleges and universities.
She has taught at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), the University of Denver, the University of Durham (England) and Wellesley College, where she is associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women.
In addition to having two honorary degrees, McIntosh also received the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.
McIntosh has spoken with women on 22 campuses – throughout China and Korea – on the development of women’s studies and various ways to incorporate women’s studies programs into the main curriculum.
In 1988, McIntosh published the article, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies,” along with its shorter form, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” which was published in 1989. Both popular publications have been influential in various discussions of gender, race, and sexuality in the United States.
She is also founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and is consulting editor of the journal Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women.
McIntosh’s lecture will be sponsored by the University’s Diversity Action Committee and the Martine Grant received by Dr. Robert Amico, professor of philosophy.