Allan Johnson

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Allan Johnson


September 14, 2015

Renowned author, novelist and public speaker to discuss his book at CSU

By Adam Scraga

Nationally-renowned author, novelist and public speaker Allan Johnson will discuss his book, “Privilege, Power, and Difference” at Cleveland State University Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. in Drinko Hall in the Music and Communication building.

Johnson has worked to understand the system of oppression facing certain minority groups for over 30 years, being inspired to do so by the issue of men's violence against women. His books include “The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy,” and “The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise.”

Johnson received a doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan and then began teaching at Ohio Wesleyan University.
In 1995, he began speaking at colleges and presenting public and corporate workshops through several diversity consulting firms. He has also taught sociology and women's studies at the Hartford College for Women.

At Cleveland State, Johnson will explore what privilege is, what it has to do with individuals, and how to move toward something better.

His social justice approach is based on answering three questions: “What are we participating in and how are we choosing to participate in it, how do typical ways of thinking about privilege blind us to what is going on, and what can we do to make a difference?”

The event is free to Cleveland State students and the Greater Cleveland community, but a reservation is required.


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