Join us for an evening of honest conversation with bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo on her book So You Want to Talk About Race, which offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America.

Heightened visibility and widespread reporting on acts of racism—from videos showing police brutality toward unarmed people of color to the mass incarceration of Black and brown Americans—has put a media spotlight on race in the United States.

Racism continues to be our national elephant in the room and remains a loaded and difficult subject for honest, open conversation, even with people we love. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair—and how do you apologize and make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend who claims not to “see color”? What do fellow Dartmouth family members feel in the classroom or workplace when painful issues of race arise and all eyes in the room turn to them with the expectation they will do the heavy lifting and have all the answers?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: we can have honest conversations about race and racism—and candidly discuss how white supremacy infects almost every aspect of American life. So You Want to Talk about Race is a book for everyone, but especially for people of color who need to feel seen and heard.

The event is open to Dartmouth students, faculty and staff, alumni and parents, and all members of the Dartmouth community.

About Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo (ee-joh-mah oh-loo-oh) is a writer, speaker and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Please register in advance and you will receive a link to join the virtual conversation before the May 5 program. You’ll have a chance to submit questions in advance, and we ask all participants to engage in a respectful dialogue. 

Read Oluo's Book

All participants are encouraged to read Oluo’s book before the event to derive the most benefit from the conversation and to provide you with insights to help you take advantage of the opportunity to ask educated questions. 

The Class of ’88 has compiled the following list of independent, Black-owned and alumna-owned bookstores we suggest you patronize. This is especially important given the disparate impact of COVID on the Black community and Black businesses, we encourage you to purchase Oluo’s book from a Black-owned bookstore.

We also hope you support women-owned bookstores, such as Hanover’s own Still North Books & Bar

Special thanks to the Dartmouth College Class of 1988 Committee on Social Justice for conceptualizing, organizing, and sponsoring the event.

This event is sponsored by the Department of African and African American Studies; Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality; Geisel School of Medicine; Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies; Thayer School of Engineering; Tuck School of Business; First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP); Hopkins Center for the Arts; King Scholars Program; Office of the Dean of the College including the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) and Native American Program (NAP); Office of the Dean of the Faculty; Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE); Office of the President; Office of the Provost; Office of Student Life; the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding; the Williams Jewett Tucker Center; and Office of Alumni Relations.