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Woke: Sensitivity or Another -ism?

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The Urban Dictionary defines "woke" as being sensitive to social issues, specifically awoken to racism. Originating within the Black Community during the 19th century, woke was a call within the Black Community to awaken to the injustices they were and are experiencing. In the 20th century, woke is a widely used concept across the boarder American society.  


John McWhorter's book, Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, challenges the prevailing notions of woke culture and its counterproductive outcome to ending racism. McWhorter presents a deep understanding of contemporary racial issues and offers strategies to foster genuine diversity and inclusion in one's personal and professional lives.  

For this discussion group, you will

  • Read McWhorter's (2021) Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, and

  • Participate in group discussions with other interpreters.

Woke: Sensitivity or Another -ism? is a book discussion facilitated by Amy Kroll. This interactive discussion is for working and student interpreters.

By the end of this book discussion, you will be able to...

  • Evaluate "woke culture" and its impact on American society and social discourse.

  • Analyze anti-racism, distinguishing between productive and counterproductive actions.

  • Identify ways to apply anti-racism concepts to your personal and professional beliefs and behaviors.

CEUs & Time Commitment

Amy Kroll is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies (PS) program is offered for 1.0 PS/PPO CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

You should plan on 8.0 hours of reading and reflection (~60 pages every two weeks) and 6.0 hours of group discussion (2 hours every two weeks). 


Dates & Location


This book discussion starts on April 22, 2024 (Monday) and will end on June 2, 2024 (Sunday). 

The group meetings are on Sundays from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM MDT on:

  • May 5th 

  • May 19th

  • June 2nd

Independent reading and reflection of assigned book chapters must be completed prior to the group meeting.



Discussion Fee: $100

Once your spot in the discussion has been confirmed, you will receive a PayPal invoice for the discussion fee.

A $75 refund will be offered through the original payment source for cancellations made at least 48 hours before the first day of the book discussion (April 20, 2024). No refunds are offered after this 48-hour cutoff.​

Obtain a copy of the book for the duration of the discussion. You can check online retailers or libraries for the book.



Submit your registration form by April 17, 2024. Registration is limited to 7 participants.


Requests for reasonable accommodations can be made on the registration form. 

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