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PODCASTS: Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Readings from the essays on life and linage by white women
A Writers Radio special six part series
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Essays on Life and Lineage
by White Women
Introduction
S101, April 19 to May 2, 2021
Length: 23'
Lisa Iversen with host Ingrid Rose
Length: 23 mins

Using the lens of inherited trauma and family history, Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor offers a hopeful, humanizing path for dismantling whiteness.

For over two decades, family constellations facilitator and therapist Lisa Iversen has been working with groups, including descendants of ancestors who have perpetrated harm or been victimized in circumstances of injustice. In this collection of essays, she brings together twelve white women who explore the role of whiteness in collective movements of immigration, colonialism, slavery, and war. Through genealogical research, family documents, and deep reflection, these writers from the US, Canada, and the UK disentangle themes of innocence, grief, race, privilege, and belonging in their families and ancestries.

Each essayist shares moving stories and anecdotes from their life, adding historical and cultural context to current conversations about white women's role in creating and sustaining whiteness.
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Essays on Life and Lineage
by White Women
Roots Borders and Belonging
S102, May 17 to May 30, 2021
Length: 26'
Karin Konstantynowicz:
Roots Borders and Belonging

June Blue Spruce:
Warning: Whiteness May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Karin Konstantynowicz and her family emigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe following World War 2. Their roots are in contested territory which has changed its name, and its overlords many times. Starting with the idea of an "invasive species", Karin muses on the nature of identity and belonging and the experiences she and her family had as new immigrants to the Canadian prairies. Karin is a teacher, crisis counsellor, broadcaster and writer who lives in Vancouver, Canada.

June Blue Spruce comes from a long line of doctors in the USA. In her essay June probes the racist roots of the AMA and prevalent racism within the medical system in America. She delves into her own conflicted history as an activist, and a gay woman working within this system. June is a reformer, health worker, and writer who lives in Seattle, USA.
"A timely and thoughtful discussion about the intersection of gender and White privilege." -Kirkus Reviews

Using the lens of inherited trauma and family history, Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor offers a hopeful, humanizing path for dismantling whiteness.

These podcasts present readings from the essayists. Collectively, they share moving stories and anecdotes from their lives, adding historical and cultural context to current conversations about white women's role in creating and sustaining whiteness.

For over two decades, family constellations facilitator and therapist Lisa Iversen has been working with groups, including descendants of ancestors who have perpetrated harm or been victimized in circumstances of injustice. In this collection of essays, she brings together twelve white women who explore the role of whiteness in collective movements of immigration, colonialism, slavery, and war.
Through genealogical research, family documents, and deep reflection, these writers from the US, Canada, and the UK disentangle themes of innocence, grief, race, privilege, and belonging in their families and ancestries.

Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor will appeal to those ready to engage with the difficult truths of history, those interested in healing collective historic trauma and dismantling racism, therapists and family counsellors, and all concerned about the fate of democratic nations sourced in whiteness.

Readings are by Lisa Iversen, Sonya Lea, Karin Konstantynowicz, Summer Starr, June BlueSpruce, Sabine Olsen, Carole Harmon, Christina Green , Sharon Halfnight, Una Suseli O'Connell.

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