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Several faculty members and administrators are conducting a workshop on “Addressing Oppression and Privilege: Challenges and Opportunities on Our Campuses,” 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Lehigh University. The event is the 2001 Lehigh Valley Association for Independent Colleges Fall Workshop.

The organizers are Mary Beckman, associate professor of economics and business; Andrea Smith, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology; Debbie Byrd, associate professor of English; Beth Seetch, lecturer and coordinator of the College Writing Program; Liz McMahon, professor of mathematics; and Elisha Nixon, former assistant dean of studies.

The workshop will include a panel discussion by presenters, small group discussion, and large group discussion.

In fall 2000, the six women, who all taught women’s studies and/or Africana studies at Lafayette, began collaborating on a collection of essays about the challenges of teaching about and against various forms of oppression. “One of the goals of the workshop is to make explicit some of the reasons that this important work is so risky and difficult – both for us and for our students,” explain the organizers. “Our second major goal is to share with each other specific strategies that have allowed us to successfully expose and interrupt our own and others’ complicity in such phenomena as racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism.”

For more information, email Liz McMahon at

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