PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Historical Society of Plainfield, in collaboration with the Plainfield Public Library, will host Karen Gaffney, Ph.D., and her program entitled Dismantling the Racism Machine: What White People Are Not Taught About White Supremacy on Saturday at the library.

Gaffney is the author of “Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox” (Routledge, 2018), an accessible introduction to race and racism, with tools of action.  She is an English professor at Raritan Valley Community College where she teaches courses on composition, gender, and race. She facilitates anti-racism workshops in the community and at conferences, and writes a blog with resources, Divided No Longer, that works to call out white supremacy, understand it, and dismantle it.

Professor Gaffney is a Public Scholar lecturer for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and this program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  It is also made possible in part by a 2019 H.E.A.R.T. (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum members.

The lecture at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 29 is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.  The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.