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How Children Understand Race and How Adults Can Help

February 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Location: Online

This live Zoom webinar will take place on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 – 8:15 PM EST. Please note: this program will NOT be recorded or posted to the Library’s YouTube channel.


A myth exists in popular culture that children are “colorblind,” meaning they do not notice race. This leads many parents, families, and educators to avoid talking about race and racism with young children or feel unsure about how to effectively do so. New Canaan Library invites all to join Professor Erin Winkler, PhD for her informative presentation “How Children Understand Race and How Adults Can Help.”

In this presentation, Prof. Erin Winkler will review the current research on children’s understandings of race, including how ideas about race form, what children learn and when, why we see changes at various ages, and why this all matters. Professor Winkler will provide guidance on how parents, grandparents, and educators can help children understand racial identity, racism, and racial inequities in age-appropriate ways that empower the young children in their lives. A Question & Answer period will follow the presentation.

Dr. Erin N. Winkler is associate professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also serves on the advisory boards of Childhood and Adolescent Studies; Ethnic Studies; and Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino/a Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in African American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow in African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is author of the book, Learning Race, Learning Place: Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods. Winkler has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, training museum staff and K-12 teachers to have productive conversations about race and racism with people of all ages and backgrounds. She has also consulted on issues of race and equity for schools and corporations. 


February 22, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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