Deconstructing Whiteness

2018 Society of Indiana Archivists
Fall Workshop 

with Samantha Winn, MLIS

Preceded by a School of Informatics and Computing Colloquia Series Lecture with Dr. Paul Mullins, Ph.D.

October 19, 2018

School of Informatics and Computing
535 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A. 46202

AgendaWorkshop | Lecture | RegistrationScholarship 

Through the generous co-sponsorship of IUPUI's, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Informatics and Computing, SIA is pleased to host Samantha Winn in Indianapolis this October for our annual fall workshop.

Winn has facilitated her workshop for archives organizations across the U.S. following its debut at the 2016 Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting.

We are delighted to begin the day with historical archaeologist Dr. Paul Mullins, who will share a researcher's perspective on community history and discuss use of archival resources, broadly defined, in his local work. 


8:15-8:50 Arrival/Check in
Network with colleagues over a light breakfast  
9:00-10:15 Colloquia Series Lecture with Dr. Paul Mullins
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:30 Deconstructing Whiteness Workshop with Samantha Winn, session 1
Introductions, review of key concepts from critical race theory, and community narrative exercises
12:30-1:45 Lunch on your own
A list of nearby restaurants will be provided
1:45-3:00 Workshop, session 2
Facilitated discussion of pre-readings (see tentative list below)
3:00-3:30 Break with light snacks
3:30-4:30 Workshop, session 3
Discussion of anti-oppression frameworks and their applications in archival practice

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Workshop Summary
Friday, October 19, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration due by October 5

$35 SIA members | 

 $25 for student members | 

$55 for non-members

Deconstructing Whiteness  
with Samantha Winn, MLIS

Geared towards information professionals working in predominantly white institutions, this workshop will equip participants to critically examine their own experiences around race in archives, engage in meaningful dialogue with colleagues and patrons at their institution, and begin developing strategies to disrupt oppressive and exclusionary practices in their sphere of work. Through a combination of brief lectures, facilitated discussions, and group exercises, participants will engage core concepts of critical race theory and frameworks of anti-oppression in archival practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define core concepts of whiteness from critical race theory

  • Participants will be able to recognize structural racism and white supremacy in archival practice

  • Participants will be able to select appropriate anti-oppression frameworks for their own practice

Continuing Education Credits

  • 5 total LEU credits available. About LEUs
    Colloquia Series Lecture presented by Dr. Paul Mullins (1 LEU)
    Deconstructing Whiteness Workshop presented by Samantha Winn
    Session 1 – (2 LEUs)
    Session 2 – (1 LEUs)
    Session 3 – (1 LEU)


Arroyo-Ramirez, Elvia. (2016, October 30). Invisible Defaults and Perceived Limitations: Processing the Juan Gelman Files. Medium: On Archivy. Retrieved from

Jules, Bergis (2016, November 11). Confronting Our Failure of Care Around the Legacies of Marginalized People in the Archives. Medium: On Archivy. Retrieved from 

Ramirez, Mario H. (2015). Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative. The American Archivist, Vol. 78, No. 2: 339-356. Retrieved from 

Robinson-Sweet, Anna.(2018) Truth and Reconciliation: Archivists as Reparations Activists. The American Archivist: Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 23-37. Retrieved from 

Agenda, learning objects, and pre-readings subject to minor adjustments

About Samantha Winn
Winn is a archives professional, researcher, and technical writer with an interest in comparative archival practices, information ethics, and facilitating dialogue across different communities. She is an experienced community relations facilitator and anti-racism educator as well as the Collections Archivist for the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

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Colloquia Lecture

Friday, October 19, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 
Lecture is open to the public

Dr. Mullins will discuss his research on African American heritage in Indianapolis’ near-Westside and his community-based oral histories, documentary research, and archaeological excavation examining the African American community and its displacement in the post-war period. Mullins uses archival sources and ethnography to examine the intersection of space, place, and urban renewal in Indianapolis. He will share a researcher's perspective on community history and discuss use of archival resources, broadly defined, in his local work.

About Paul Mullins
Mullins is a historical archaeologist who studies consumer culture in the last half-millennium.  This includes research on the intersection of material consumption and the color line; contemporary material culture and dark history; and the relationship between popular culture and materiality in the contemporary world. With a 2016-2017 fellowship, Mullins examined Invisible Indianapolisneighborhoods impacted by factors including real estate “redlining,” racial and religious discrimination, postwar highway construction, and gentrification. He is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Workshop Registration

Register for the workshop by completing the online registration form.
Online payment option now available!

Registration due by October 5

$35 SIA members | 

 $25 for student members | 

$55 for non-members

  • includes a light breakfast, beverages, & afternoon refreshments
  • registrants will be notified of LEU specifics closer to the date
  • lecture portion (9:00-10:15) is open to the public; does not require registration
Important Reminders
  • Registration will close on October 5, 2018.
  • All payment due prior to the October 19, workshop.
  • Cancellations with refund must be made by emailing Jared Brown
    at jbrown[at]munpl[dot]org before October 10.  
  • On-site registration will not be available.
  • If you are not currently a member, or your membership has lapsed, you must sign up for membership first in order to register with the member rate. [Note: membership is by calendar year]. 
  • If paying with check: After completing the membership form, send an email to Jared Brown at jbrown[at]munpl[dot]org with the subject line “member application started, please confirm membership” and wait for a confirmation email. Once you receive a confirmation, you can register for the meeting at the member price. You can pay for both with one check. 
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2018 John Newman Scholarship

Apply now for the John Newman Professional Development Scholarship. Named after the co-founder of SIA who has always had a strong belief in its educational mission, this scholarship waives the cost of the workshop and offers a check for $150 to help cover hotel and travel expenses. Anyone in the field of special collections and archives in the state of Indiana is eligible to apply for this scholarship but new employees and volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Send a statement of 200-300 words about why the workshop will help you gain knowledge and experience useful in your volunteering efforts or career, along with your name, institution you work/volunteer for, and contact info. Submit your statement to SIAarchivists[at]gmail[dot]com.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 28 at midnight. 

The winner will be notified in writing by October 5 at 3pm.

Please note: If the winner has already paid the workshop fee upon receipt of the scholarship, the fee paid will be refunded. The scholarship winner is asked to write a 150-300 word article about their experience at the workshop and submit it with a headshot for publication in the next
News and Notes newsletter. The applicant must be employed or volunteer in the field of archives or special collections in Indiana in order to win the scholarship. 

The award recipient will be announced through the SIA listserv prior to the meeting.

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