Ethical Representation in Writing
We all want to make our literature diverse and inclusive. But how do we ethically write about identities that we do not belong to? This panel explores how to create diverse representation without stealing the spotlight away from other authors that belong to those underrepresented groups. Nonfiction author and DEI leader Dr. Deborah L. Plummer will be joined by writers and instructors to discuss ethical boundaries in different genres and identity groups.
Deborah L. Plummer, PhD is a psychologist, university professor, author, and speaker on topics central to racial equity, inclusion, and mutual respect. As principal consultant for D.L. Plummer & Associates (DLPA), she has provided diversity, equity and inclusion services for over 100 organizations in the U.S., Canada, U.K, and India. She is the founding director of the first master’s degree program in diversity management in the U.S. and has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 15 Chief Diversity Officers to Know. Her book, Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships (Beacon Press) presents an insightful look at how cross-racial friendships work and fail within American society while encouraging readers to examine their friendship patterns and have more enlightened, meaningful conversations about race. Debbie is also the editor of the Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman and Littlefield) and author of Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press) which received the publisher’s Mayflower Award for best publication in the category of Church and Society. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, Michael Bussey. In her next life, she plans to come back as a master chef (think Ina Garten) or a singer, dancer and entertainer (think Beyonce).
Details: Ethical Representation in Writing takes place Sunday, July 18 from 7-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.
Zoom Info: Register for the event and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom.