Defining Whiteness: Race, Class and Gender Perspectives in North American History
Symposium, October 13-15, University of Toronto
Location: Media Room, University College, University of Toronto
Friday, October 13
Welcome Session: 9:30-10:00—Franca Iacovetta and John Ingham
First Plenary Session: 10:00-11:30
New Perspectives on Race and Whiteness: A Roundtable
Facilitator: Franca Iacovetta
Discussants: James Barrett, History, University of Illinois, Urbana;
Donna Gabbacia, History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte;
Grace Hale, History, University of Virginia;
David Roediger, History,University of Minnesota
Commentary: The Audience
Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Workplace
Facilitator: Criag Heron, History, York University
Jennifer Carson, Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Toronto
"Homeopathic Doses of Trade Unionism: A Comparative Analysis of the New
York Trade Union League's Campaign to Organize African- American and Italian
Jennifer Guglielmo, Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Minnesota:
"Italian American Women's Dialogue on Race in Labor and Neighborhood
Coalition Movements, New York City, 1930-1945"
Caroline Ann Waldron, History, Utica College of Syracuse University: "Not
Excluding Women and Invalids": The Construction of Whiteness in Illinois' Coal
Communities" Commentators: Karen Dubinsky, History, Queen’s University Bruno
Ramirez, History, Universite de Montreal
Challenges to Whiteness
Facilitator: Victor Satzewich, Sociology, McMaster University
David Roediger, "What's White Got to Do With it? Guiliani, the 'Holy
Virgin Mary' and Critical Race Studies"
Jeet Heer, Ph.D. candidate, History, York University, "Black Boys and
non-native sons: Immigrants and African-American youth in Little Orphan Annie”
Alice Taylor, Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Western Ontario,
"Justifying Transgression: Opposition and Resistance to White Maine
Women's Antislavery Activism"
Richard Iton, Political Science, University of Toronto
Mariana Valverde, Criminology, University of Toronto
5:00-6:30—Film introduced by Bruno Ramirez
Saturday, October 14
9:30-11:30: Race, Whiteness and New Historical Approaches
Facilitator: Gerald Ginsburg, History, York University
James Barrett: "From the Global to the Personal: Older Approaches, Newer
Approaches and Good Questions for Understanding the 'New Immigrant'
Sharon Wall, Ph.D. candidate, History, York University, "Improving on
Whiteness:Going Native at Ontario Summer Camps, 1920- 1955"
Sheila McManus, Ph.D. candidate, History, York University: "Cartographies of
Race and Gender Around the 49th Parallel in the Late Nineteenth Century"
Commentators: Marlene Shore, History, York University TBA
1:00—2:30: Public Productions of Whiteness
Facilitator: Jack Blocker, History, University of Western Ontario
Grace Elizabeth Hale. "Deadly Amusements: Spectacle Lynchings and the
Contradictions of Segregation as Culture"
Barrington Walker, Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Toronto: "By
Way of Blackness: The Juridical Production of Whiteness in Ontario
Criminal Trials, 1934-1953"
Megan Kelley, Ph.D. Candidate, History, York University, "Passing
Performances: Race, Gender, and Politics in Fifties Film"
Molly Ladd Taylor, History, York University
Carolyn Strange, Criminology, University of Toronto
2:45-4:45: Complicating Whiteness Historiography
Facilitator: Margaret Kellow, History, University of Western Ontario
Donna Gabbacia: "Women, Whiteness, and the making of multi-ethnic
Tom Guglielmo, Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Minnesota:
"Rethinking Whiteness Historiography: Italians in the U.S., 1890- 1945"
David Goutor, Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Toronto, "'Maintaining
Civilized Standards': The Trades and Labor Congress of Canada and Immigration
Policy Commentators: Michael Wayne, History, University of Toronto Celilia
Morgan, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Reception, Saturday Evening: Franca Iacovetta’s Home
Sunday, October 15
Second Plenary Session: Round Table: Summing Up- Where do We Stand Now?
Facilitator: John Ingham
Panelists: Barrett, Gabbacia, Hale and Roediger
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