BLOOMINGTON – Tim Wise, one of the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators, will discuss the concepts of race, privilege, and activism at Ivy Tech Community College’s Diversity Speaker Series on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Wise will speak at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus at 200 Daniels Way, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Shreve Hall. The event is free and open to the community but reservations are requested.

“The intention of Ivy Tech’s Diversity Speaker Series is to involve students in their education and understanding of issues related to diversity,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We look forward to hosting Tim Wise for a civil and educational discourse on how to become more active in combating racism, prejudice, and discrimination.”

Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is an American antiracism activist. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling institutional racism.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation.

His media presence includes dozens of appearances on CNN, MSNBC and NPR, as well as videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms that have received more than 20 million views.

Wise graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans, LA.

The event is free and open to the community but reservations are requested. Reservations can be made online at under the “Bloomington” dropdown, or by emailing

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.