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How Young Children Learn About Race a conversation with Dr. Erin Winkler

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

There is a myth in popular culture that children are “colorblind” or don’t notice race. This

leads many adults to avoid discussing race and racism with young children or to be unsure how best to

do so. 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 all of this matters. The second half of the session will be devoted to

participants’ questions.

Dr. Erin N. Winkler is associate professor of African and African Diaspora 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; and is affiliated faculty

in Urban Studies and Women’s 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. She has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian

National Museum of African American History and Culture, working to train museum staff and K-12

teachers to have productive conversations about race and racism with people of all ages and backgrounds.


Impact: By the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the (often counter-intuitive) ways ideas

about race form for children; how these ideas are tied to young children’s cognitive development and

environments; and why all of this matters.

Activities: ZOOM webinar 60 minutes: 30-35-minute presentation followed by 25-30 minutes of Q&A

When and Where: Wednesday, August 19th 7pm via ZOOM (link will be send a few days before the event)

Registration: Available Here

Cancellations: Please contact Jobea@Kicmke.org asap in the event of a cancellation so we can add waitlisted families to the event

Age: Parents, guardians, caregivers

Questions:  Please contact jobea@kicmke.org with any questions. We will send you an email to confirm registration and touch base before the event.



August 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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