'The Racialization of Trust: Who Have We Been Taught Not To Trust?'

Who have we been taught to trust and not to trust? Michelle Boike and Wintlett Taylor-Browne explore this question in their lecture titled "The Racialization of Trust: Who Have We Been Taught Not to Trust?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Using a variety of sources, Boike and Taylor-Browne will explain how they believe Americans have been socialized to not trust specific races and groups. How has the mistrust of varied racial groups in American history contributed to their oppression and marginalization? In addition to exploring this issue, the lecture will provide examples of how people have bought into these racialized narratives.

This year's Paideia Texts and Issues theme, "Who Do You Trust," was developed by the Paideia Endowment Governing Board, the Religion department and the Visual and Performing Arts department. Drawing from a wide variety of texts from the arts, sciences and humanities, the series attempts to facilitate discussions of personal and institutional trust. Who or what are people predisposed to trust? Is trust a fundamental element of character, community or culture? What are the results of mistrust or betrayal?

Boike is the Assistant Director of the Diversity Center. She previously worked in the Center as a student worker while she attended Luther, majoring in English and social work. She earned her master's degree in student affairs with a certificate in social justice at Iowa State University.

Taylor-Browne has worked at Luther for 17 years, currently as the Interim Director of the Diversity Center. She holds an undergraduate degree in international relations and graduate degrees in public administration and education. She co-teaches a January Paideia 450 course titled, "Schooling in Jamaica and Chicago."

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu./

Michelle Boike
Wintlett Taylor-Browne