Donald Yacovone, Author of ‘Teaching White Supremacy,’ To Speak at Stockton University


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GALLOWAY — The topics of critical race theory and book bans in America’s schools have been recent hot-button topics.

In his new book, Harvard University scholar Donald Yacovone examines how assumptions about white domination and white importance in shaping society were embedded in American history textbooks from the dawn of public education.

Yacovone argues those racist visions of democratic formation continue to impact contemporary beliefs about race in the United States, and inform today’s textbook battles, curriculum wars, book bans, gag orders, anti-critical race movements and more.

The author of “Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity” will speak at 4:30 p.m. March 28 at Stockton University’s Campus Center Theatre at the 13th annual Paul Lyons Memorial Lecture Series. The series is hosted by the Master of Arts in American Studies program.

Lyons was a professor of Social Work in the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences. He became a Stockton faculty member in 1980 and died in 2009.

Yacavone is a lifetime fellow for the Hutchins Center for African American Research at Harvard. He is also a winner, along with Henry Louis Gates Jr., of the NAACP’s 2014 Image Award for their six-part documentary series “The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.” His latest book has been nominated for the 2022 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.

Co-sponsors of the 13th annual lecture include the following programs: Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Master of Arts in Education, Africana Studies, Historical Studies, Teacher Education, Literature, Philosophy & Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, Social Work, and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies.

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