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Seeing White

This event will take place at the Harvard Ed Portal (224 Western Ave, Allston.) 

John Biewen (Scene on Radio) and Chenjerai Kumanyika (Uncivil) will present a live performance of their podcast series "Seeing White," followed by a panel discussion on solutions and responses to the history and present reality of white supremacy in America. The panel includes Debby Irving (Waking Up White) and Elizabeth Denevi (Teaching While White), moderated by Jenna Chandler-Ward (Teaching While White).

This event is co-sponsored by the PRX Podcast Garage, the Harvard Ed Portal, and Teaching While White.

Admission is free. Please reserve a ticket here.


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John Biewen’s radio work has taken him to forty American states and to Europe, Japan, and India. He has produced for the NPR newsmagazines, This American Life, Studio 360, American RadioWorks, the BBC World Service, and State of the Re:Union. He is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, where, in addition to producing Scene on Radio, he teaches audio courses to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. With co-editor Alexa Dilworth, he edited the book, Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, now in its sixth printing.

Chenjerai Kumanyika is a researcher, journalist, an artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. He has written about these issues in journals such as Popular Music & Society, Popular Communication, The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture and Technology, Pedagogy and Education. Currently, Kumanyika is the Co-Executive Producer and Co-Host of Gimlet Media’s new podcast on the Civil War. He has also been a contributor to Transom, NPR Codeswitch, All Things Considered, Invisibilia, VICE, and he is a news analyst for Rising Up Radio with Sonali Kolhatkar.


More than 80% of teachers in the U.S. are white. But most don’t know that their whiteness matters. Teaching While White (TWW) seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because "white" does not mean a blank slate. It is a set of assumptions that is the baseline from which everything is judged; it is what passes for normal. This means if you are not white or don’t adhere to those assumptions, you are abnormal or less than. TWW wants to have conversations about those assumptions: what they are, how they impact our students, and how we can confront our assumptions to promote racial literacy.  

The Harvard Ed Portal is an innovative collaborative partnership involving Harvard University, the City of Boston, the Harvard Allston Task Force, and the Allston-Brighton community.  Located at the crossroads of the North Allston-Brighton neighborhood and Harvard’s campus in Allston, the Harvard Ed Portal serves as a physical place for members of the Allston-Brighton and Harvard communities to come together to share ideas and learn from one another. The Harvard Ed Portal fosters innovative ways of learning and provides programming in creative and performing arts; science and technology; wellness and recreation; and economic, workforce, and professional development for learners of all ages. 

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Our programming is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit 

Earlier Event: October 11
Five Things with Nick Quah
Later Event: October 18