Maribel Morey and Megan Ming Francis on White Philanthropy
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Maribel Morey and Megan Ming Francis on White Philanthropy

Past Event: Monday, September 12, 2022


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Building upon the recent publication of White Philanthropy, author Maribel Morey will come together with Megan Ming Francis, author of “The Price of Civil Rights,” to discuss white philanthropy’s historical role in narrowing our definitions of racial equality in the United States.

Morey and Francis also will discuss how, today, we can take steps towards shaping more liberating relationships between funders, scholars, and movement activists, as means towards supporting and sustaining more meaningful national definitions of racial equality.

This free event, hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures, is made possible with support from the Marguerite Casey Foundation. The first 150 event registrants have the option to sign up to receive a free copy of Maribel Morey’s White Philanthropy, shipped to their doors by our bookstore partner, Phinney Books.

Maribel Morey is the author of White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order (2021) and Executive Director of the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences. Maribel’s work has been published widely, including in Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development; Law, Culture, and the Humanities; NYU Law Review; The Atlantic; and, HistPhil, a blog on the history of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors that she co-founded and co-edits. Published in June 2022, Maribel also has a book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of W.E.B. Du Bois framing Du Bois as an early and deeply engaged critical scholar of U.S. philanthropy’s international funding practices.In her prior life as a U.S. legal historian, Maribel was assistant professor of history at Clemson University. Increasingly focused on inequities in knowledge production in the academe, Morey’s work at the Miami Institute seeks to center the work of global majority scholars in the social sciences. Maribel has a PhD in history from Princeton University and a JD from NYU Law School.

Megan Ming Francis is the G. Alan and Barbara Delsman Associate Professor of Political Science and an Associate Professor of Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington. During the 2022-23 academic year, she is also a Senior Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. Francis specializes in the study of American politics, with broad interests in constitutional law, Black political activism, critical philanthropy, and the post-civil war South. She is the author of the award-winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State. And recently led her students in the development of a widely listened to podcast ‘Philanthropy and Social Movements.’  Francis is a proud alumnus of Seattle Public Schools, Rice University in Houston, and Princeton University where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics.

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