Author and Former New York Times Journalist Lena Williams to present “It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races” at Fairleigh Dickinson
Teaneck, NJ — (January 31, 2008) Lena Williams, former New York Times journalist and author of “It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races,” will speak at 8 p.m. on February 21 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Student Union Building, presenting a program based on her widely-acclaimed book. The presentation is part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s celebration of Black History Month.
Williams candidly considers the subtleties of race, from body language to dialect, and provides a forum for those attending to discuss them openly and safely.
Based on her own experiences and on data from focus groups across the country, Williams will discuss the gestures, expressions, tones, and body language that irritate both blacks and whites. She points out the common and avoidable ways people perpetuate mutual antagonism.
There is an interactive portion of the presentation where Williams will lead four previously selected students from diverse backgrounds in role-reversal situations. Williams then analyzes the exercise.
Williams has been honored with the National Association of Black Journalists award for feature writing, the 2001 Ebony "Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications" Award, the prestigious Penney-Missouri, and The New York Times Publisher's Awards. She was with the New York Times for 28 years and served as the chairperson of the Newspaper Guild at the New York Times.
The presentation is free and open to public. For more information call 201-692-2231.