How to Call People In (Instead of Calling Them Out)

October 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ashley Gaddis

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Professor Loretta J. Ross will share stances, skills, and strategies for listening to those with whom we disagree. She will discuss how we can call in those whose implicit or explicit biases limit what they hear into productive conversations and new understandings.

Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, Loretta J. Ross teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. Professor Ross co-created the theory of reproductive justice in 1994 and has dedicated much of her career to health and reproductive justice for women of color. She has served as Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, National Program Director of the National Black Women’s Health Project, National Coordinator of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and National Co-Director of the March for Women’s Lives (Washington D.C, April 25, 2004). A self-described radical Black feminist, Professor Ross is also an activist and public intellectual, and has co-authored three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (2004); Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017); and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique (2017). Her newest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2022.