Ladson-Billings on PBS Wisconsin’s “Why Race Matters”
October 4, 2022
UW-Madison professor emeritus Gloria Ladson-Billings is featured in the new season of PBS Wisconsin’s “Why Race Matters,” a digital series elevating the issues of significance affecting black communities in Wisconsin.
In the series, host and producer Angela Fitzgerald engages in conversation with everyday people whose work and commitments center around race, identity, and achieving racial equity in the state. The program shares the layered lived experiences of Black people in Wisconsin, exploring both historic and pressing topics – offering hope, guidance and resources to thrive.
Ladson-Billings, the former chair emeritus of the Kellner family in the School of Education‘s Curriculum and Instruction Department, appeared in the first episode of the new season, which aired Sept. 12. She talks with Fitzgerald about the history of critical race theory. , what it is and how it is used in educational contexts.
Ladson-Billings notes that sometimes it’s important to have uncomfortable conversations in class. “Nothing in education is just about making you feel comfortable,” she says. “Sometimes it’s in the midst of discomfort that we learn the most.”
The new season airs weekly on whyracematters.org and on the free PBS video app, streaming devices and smart TVs.
Watch the episode featuring Ladson-Billings here.