Deborah L. Plummer

presents

Some of My Friends Are . . .
The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jan
22
Tuesday
January 22, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes psychologist, professor, and UMass Medical School chief diversity officer DEBORAH L. PLUMMER for a discussion of her latest book, Some of My Friends Are . . . The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships.

About Some of My Friends Are . . .

Surveys have shown that the majority of people believe cross-racial friendships are essential for improving race relations. However, further polling reveals that most Americans tend to gravitate toward friendships within their own race. Psychologist Deborah L. Plummer examines how factors such as leisure, politics, humor, faith, social media, and education influence the nature and intensity of cross-racial friendships.

Inspiring and engaging, Plummer draws from focus groups, statistics, and surveys to provide insight into the fears and discomforts associated with cross-racial friendships. Through personal narratives and social analyses of friendship patterns, this book gives an insightful look at how cross-racial friendships work and fail within American society. Plummer encourages all of us to examine our friendship patterns and to deepen and strengthen our current cross-racial friendships.

Praise

“If you have ever wondered why genuine cross-racial friendships are challenging to develop and maintain in our racially polarized society, and why they are essential to racial reconciliation, read this thoughtful book!” —Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Can We Talk About Race?

“We know that seemingly incidental features of our lives can—by provoking a sense of identity threat—act as small barriers to crossing racial lines in friendship. In Some of My Friends Are . . ., Dr. Plummer identifies these cues and charts a pathway to establishing more friendships that heal divisions among racial groups. In doing so, this book offers hope for a better and more inclusive tomorrow.” —Claude Steele, author of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

“Dr. Plummer challenges us to continue to have dialogues on race. This necessary and meaningful discourse is for the benefit of all humankind. Her book reminds us that the evil of racism is almost omnipotent and we must be steadfast in working to overcome it.” —The Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr., American pastor, theologian, speaker, author, and activist

Deborah L. Plummer
Deborah L. Plummer

Deborah L. Plummer

Deborah L. Plummer, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist, university professor, chief diversity officer, consultant in diversity management, author, and speaker. She currently serves as vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. Some of My Friends Are . . . The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships presents an insightful look at how cross-racial friendships work and fail within American society. She has also written for Diversity Executive and the Boston Globe Magazine, and her previous books include the Handbook of Diversity Management and Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships.

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