New Yorker Review of “White Fragility”

The New Yorker reviews Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility”. From the review:

In more than twenty years of running diversity-training and cultural-competency workshops for American companies, the academic and educator Robin DiAngelo has noticed that white people are sensationally, histrionically bad at discussing racism. Like waves on sand, their reactions form predictable patterns: they will insist that they “were taught to treat everyone the same,” that they are “color-blind,” that they “don’t care if you are pink, purple, or polka-dotted.” They will point to friends and family members of color, a history of civil-rights activism, or a more “salient” issue, such as class or gender. They will shout and bluster. They will cry. In 2011, DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” to describe the disbelieving defensiveness that white people exhibit when their ideas about race and racism are challenged—and particularly when they feel implicated in white supremacy. Why, she wondered, did her feedback prompt such resistance, as if the mention of racism were more offensive than the fact or practice of it?

Read more of the review at the link.

Catherine Sulem to Deliver Kovalevsky Lecture

“Catherine Sulem of the University of Toronto is the 2019 recipient of the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture prize. Sulem works in nonlinear partial differential equations arising in wave propagation. She will present her prize lecture at the 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2019), to be held in Valencia, Spain, from July 15th-19th. The joint AWM-SIAM prize was established in 2002 to honor Sonia Kovalevsky and her work on the theory of differential equations. It is awarded to a female researcher in the scientific or engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of women in applied and computational mathematics.” Read the full announcement here.

Why Talk About Women In Math?

A post from Forbes asks, “How can we fix the leaky pipeline that results in the field of mathematics being dominated by men? How are women in math treated in their workplace environments? What barriers exist that make it difficult for mathematicians who are also parents — especially mothers — to advance their careers in academia or industry while also raising families? As we wrap up the last few days of the 2019 Women’s History Month, some folks might wonder: Why are there still so many conversations focused on women in mathematics?”