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Cabildos Speaker Series: Dr. Carmen Thompson, On American Whiteness and Anti-Blackness: Towards and Understanding of Race in America

Carmen P. Thompson is an independent scholar and historian of race and the Black experience. Dr. Thompson earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree in African American Studies from Columbia University in New York where she was the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award for Excellence in Writing by the Institute for Research in African American Studies for her M.A. thesis. She is a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, where she co-edited and authored articles in the journal’s regionally acclaimed special issue on White supremacy in Oregon. Currently, Dr. Thompson is a visiting scholar in the Black Studies department at Portland State University where she is working on her book "The Making of American Whiteness," which examines the origins of Whiteness in America. Dr. Thompson has taught a wide range of courses on race and the Black experience at Portland Community College and Portland State University, including American slavery, Black feminism and race and racism. Her research interests include the history of slavery and the slave trade in the New World and Pre-colonial West Africa, early African American history, race and ethnicity in early America and the Great Migration.

The Cabildos Speaker Series was established as a means to:

• Listen to Black voices
• Foreground cutting edge scholarship
• Contextualize United States history in an African Diaspora context
• Highlight the links between academic research and activism

Moderated by Stacey Smith.

Sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and anonymous donors to the History Program at Oregon State University. Register for link to view at:

Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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