Matthew Hughey to Deliver Stieglitz Memorial Lecture. Matthew Hughey, associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, will present “White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meaning of Race” on Monday, Feb. 12, at The College of Wooster’s Stieglitz Memorial Lecture. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall.
“White Bound” investigates whether whites are splintering into antagonistic groups, with differing worldviews, values, and ideological stances, and questions the very notion of a fracturing whiteness, and in so doing offers a unique view of white racial identity. Hughey spent over a year attending meetings, reading literature, and interviewing members of two white organizations—a white nationalist group and a white antiracist group.
Though he found immediate political differences, he observed surprising similarities related to how both groups make meaning of race and whiteness.
“White Bound” was a co-winner of the 2014 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award. Hughey, who earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia, is currently a member of the executive committee for the Eastern Sociological Society and is chair-elect of the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities for the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In 2018, he’ll serve as a visiting professor in the department of sociology at Trinity College in Dublin and a visiting fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at Warwick University in Coventry, England.
The Stieglitz Memorial Lecture was founded by Dr. and Mrs. Lewis N. Stieglitz of Concord, N.H., as a tribute to their son, Martin, a Wooster student who was majoring in sociology when he lost his life in an off-campus house fire on Feb. 11, 1989. The Stieglitz Memorial Fund, the departments of Sociology and Anthropology, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as the departments of Political Science and Africana Studies are co-sponsoring the lecture.