By Ethan Kibbe ‘18
Dr. Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University, has written a new book concerning the issue of racism and the education of students about race.
“Antiracist Teaching,” available from Paradigm Publishers, addresses the difficulties of teaching students about antiracism. In the book, Amico discusses how, over the course of 14 years, he has learned to teach students about antiracism, a subject that students sometimes find difficult to discuss.
“The book offers some suggestions about how to broach the topic of race in the classroom,” Amico said. “It’s a subject that raises a lot of emotion in people, and a lot of students, especially white students, are not accustomed to talking about issues of race and privilege.”
According to Amico, after teaching about racism for years and asking students to reflect upon what they had learned, he concluded that he wanted to write a book on the subject to help other educators address the issue of race. Amico said that his goal when writing the book was to “bring about changes in consciousness about issues of white privilege and systemic racism.”
To help teachers discuss race in the classroom, “Antiracist Teaching” also comes with access to a website that includes details about Amico’s courses as well documents he uses in his classes to help his students address the issue of race.
In addition to “Antiracist Teaching,” Amico plans to write a complementary book examining the same issue.
“When this book was received by the publisher, I was asked to write another book similar to this one that is from the learner’s perspective rather than the teacher’s perspective,” Amico said. “The books will probably be marketed in tandem so that we represent both perspectives.”
The book, which will be published later this year, will be titled “Exploring White Privilege.”
“Antiracist Teaching” is available in hardcover on Amazon.com.
Amico earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts before earning his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He serves as the chair of both the university’s Diversity Action Committee and the Council on Discrimination and Harassment.
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