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Critical Race Theory Scholar, Author, Professor of Sociology & Africana Studies

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An author, cultural critic and social scientist, Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming is committed to empowering people with the conceptual tools needed to understand, confront and challenge white supremacy. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Fleming’s passion for speaking truth to power, addressing injustice and promoting equality infuses her scholarship, writing and teaching. She has conducted research on racism and anti-racism in the United States and France, and collaborated on projects examining the experiences of ethnic and racial minorities in Brazil and Israel. She earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University and graduated with honors in Sociology and French from Wellesley College. Her research appears in journals such as The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Poetics, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and Mindfulness.

Her critically acclaimed book, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide (Beacon Press), combines memoir, critical race theory, social commentary and satire to debunk common misconceptions about racism. The book was published in 2018 and earned a starred Kirkus review as well as a glowing write ups in Publisher’s Weekly, Bustle, ESPN/The Undefeated among others. Her first book Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France (Temple University Press, 2017) uses critical race theory to significantly advance scholarship on racism in France and Europe. Building on her award-winning dissertation, the book marshals ethnographic data, archival research and in-depth interviews with French activists and descendants of slaves to examine how commemorations of enslavement and abolition both challenge and reproduce the racial order.

A public intellectual known for her frank talk and insouciant humor, Crystal's provocative writing and speaking engage a broad range of scholarly and personal topics, from racism and white supremacy to politics, spirituality, feminism, (bi)sexuality and philosophy. Her essays and op-eds can be found in popular venues like Newsweek, Vox, The Root, Everyday Feminism, Black Agenda Report, Black Perspectives and Huffington Post. She is represented by literary agent Michael Bourret.

Dr. Fleming is also a bold, dynamic and influential voice on Twitter with over 40,000 followers and millions of readers. Her tweets on racism and politics have been cited in pop culture and media outlets such as The Nation, Hip Hop Wired, The New Republic, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Blavity, USA Today, BET and Buzzfeed.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Fleming grew up on the East Coast in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Currently, she lives with her partner and their adorable cat in New York City.

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How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, And The Racial Divide (covers May Vary)

How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, And The Racial Divide (covers May Vary)

Speaking Topics
  • HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE

    Bringing critical race theory from the Ivory Tower to the masses, Crystal explains how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into anti-racist change. Racial stupidity – in the form of misconceptions, misrepresentations and denial – is clearly an epidemic. And this is not a coincidence or a mistake: living in a racist society means that we absorb harmful ideas, stereotypes and biases. When left unchallenged, racial stupidity fuels discriminatory behavior, devalues the lives of black and brown people and reproduces the white supremacist status quo from one generation to the next. This wide-ranging talk unveils the historical roots of racial stupidity and explores how racial non-sense manifests in pop culture, (mis)education, media, politics and personal relationships today. But recognizing racial stupidity is not enough—we have to actually do something about it. Crystal seeks to inspire and empower those of us committed to building a more just society by showing how to leverage our racial literacy for anti-racist activism.

  • REVEALING WHITE SUPREMACY: WHY WE NEED A RADICALLY NEW CONVERSATION ABOUT RACISM

    There is only one type of racism that has ever been institutionalized in the United States and it has a name—white supremacy. Yet talking openly about the social, political and economic dominance of people defined as ‘white’ has become something of a taboo. For many, the term ‘white supremacy’ feels radical and shocking. This wasn’t always the case. The frank talk about white racism that animated anti-racists protests, debates and even scholarship in the 1960s and 1970s came to be largely replaced with the empty rhetoric of “diversity and inclusion” and the watered down politics of post-racialism. Even the word ‘racism’ itself is often used as a euphemism to avoid acknowledging white supremacy. But if we are ever going to radically transform our society, we will need a bold new conversation about racism—one that doesn’t shy away from naming the specific form of racial oppression that systematically channels social, political and economic resources to people on the basis of their “whiteness” while exploiting and marginalizing people socially defined as “non-white”. This talk reveals the urgency and importance of expanding our collective understanding of white supremacy beyond extremism like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Drawing on her expertise and empirical research on white supremacy in the U.S. and Europe, Crystal shows how white supremacy is deeply tied to European colonialism, patriarchy, modern capitalism and the destruction of our ecosystem.

  • MINDFUL ACTIVISM: MEDITATIONS ON POWER, SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

    What can mindfulness bring to social justice movements? And how can knowledge about inequality and power deepen our spiritual practice? In this deeply personal talk, Crystal shares critical reflections from her years of meditation and spiritual exploration of Christian mysticism, Buddhism and Hinduism. She recounts how meditation and conscious awareness of the present moment can help us see our ego, collective identities and social conditioning more clearly – and unpack our biases, stereotypes and emotions. Crystal also discusses how concepts like transcendence, interconnectedness and compassion can be powerful tools for linking personal healing to social activism.

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Crystal Fleming

Critical Race Theory Scholar, Author, Professor of Sociology & Africana Studies

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Stony Brook, NY, USA
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Crystal Fleming Biography

An author, cultural critic and social scientist, Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming is committed to empowering people with the conceptual tools needed to understand, confront and challenge white supremacy. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Fleming’s passion for speaking truth to power, addressing injustice and promoting equality infuses her scholarship, writing and teaching. She has conducted research on racism and anti-racism in the United States and France, and collaborated on projects examining the experiences of ethnic and racial minorities in Brazil and Israel. She earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University and graduated with honors in Sociology and French from Wellesley College. Her research appears in journals such as The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Poetics, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and Mindfulness.

Her critically acclaimed book, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide (Beacon Press), combines memoir, critical race theory, social commentary and satire to debunk common misconceptions about racism. The book was published in 2018 and earned a starred Kirkus review as well as a glowing write ups in Publisher’s Weekly, Bustle, ESPN/The Undefeated among others. Her first book Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France (Temple University Press, 2017) uses critical race theory to significantly advance scholarship on racism in France and Europe. Building on her award-winning dissertation, the book marshals ethnographic data, archival research and in-depth interviews with French activists and descendants of slaves to examine how commemorations of enslavement and abolition both challenge and reproduce the racial order.

A public intellectual known for her frank talk and insouciant humor, Crystal's provocative writing and speaking engage a broad range of scholarly and personal topics, from racism and white supremacy to politics, spirituality, feminism, (bi)sexuality and philosophy. Her essays and op-eds can be found in popular venues like Newsweek, Vox, The Root, Everyday Feminism, Black Agenda Report, Black Perspectives and Huffington Post. She is represented by literary agent Michael Bourret.

Dr. Fleming is also a bold, dynamic and influential voice on Twitter with over 40,000 followers and millions of readers. Her tweets on racism and politics have been cited in pop culture and media outlets such as The Nation, Hip Hop Wired, The New Republic, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Blavity, USA Today, BET and Buzzfeed.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Fleming grew up on the East Coast in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Currently, she lives with her partner and their adorable cat in New York City.

Crystal Fleming Videos

  • Crystal Fleming Interview - YouTube
    Feb 10, 2020 ... Sociologist Crystal Fleming talks about her book, "How to Be Less Stupid About Race" with Karen. #HowToBeLessStupidAboutRace...
  • How To Be Less Stupid About Race - YouTube
    Oct 17, 2018 ... Dr. Crystal M. Fleming of SUNY Stony Brook teaches you how to be less stupid about race, which is based on her book "How to Be Less...
  • IRAAS Conversations Lecture w/ Prof. Crystal Fleming - YouTube
    Mar 15, 2016 ... "Killing Them Softly: Anti-Blackness and the Legacies of Slavery in France" with Crystal Fleming, Assistant Professor in the...

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Crystal Fleming Speaking Topics

  • HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE

    Bringing critical race theory from the Ivory Tower to the masses, Crystal explains how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into anti-racist change. Racial stupidity – in the form of misconceptions, misrepresentations and denial – is clearly an epidemic. And this is not a coincidence or a mistake: living in a racist society means that we absorb harmful ideas, stereotypes and biases. When left unchallenged, racial stupidity fuels discriminatory behavior, devalues the lives of black and brown people and reproduces the white supremacist status quo from one generation to the next. This wide-ranging talk unveils the historical roots of racial stupidity and explores how racial non-sense manifests in pop culture, (mis)education, media, politics and personal relationships today. But recognizing racial stupidity is not enough—we have to actually do something about it. Crystal seeks to inspire and empower those of us committed to building a more just society by showing how to leverage our racial literacy for anti-racist activism.

  • REVEALING WHITE SUPREMACY: WHY WE NEED A RADICALLY NEW CONVERSATION ABOUT RACISM

    There is only one type of racism that has ever been institutionalized in the United States and it has a name—white supremacy. Yet talking openly about the social, political and economic dominance of people defined as ‘white’ has become something of a taboo. For many, the term ‘white supremacy’ feels radical and shocking. This wasn’t always the case. The frank talk about white racism that animated anti-racists protests, debates and even scholarship in the 1960s and 1970s came to be largely replaced with the empty rhetoric of “diversity and inclusion” and the watered down politics of post-racialism. Even the word ‘racism’ itself is often used as a euphemism to avoid acknowledging white supremacy. But if we are ever going to radically transform our society, we will need a bold new conversation about racism—one that doesn’t shy away from naming the specific form of racial oppression that systematically channels social, political and economic resources to people on the basis of their “whiteness” while exploiting and marginalizing people socially defined as “non-white”. This talk reveals the urgency and importance of expanding our collective understanding of white supremacy beyond extremism like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Drawing on her expertise and empirical research on white supremacy in the U.S. and Europe, Crystal shows how white supremacy is deeply tied to European colonialism, patriarchy, modern capitalism and the destruction of our ecosystem.

  • MINDFUL ACTIVISM: MEDITATIONS ON POWER, SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

    What can mindfulness bring to social justice movements? And how can knowledge about inequality and power deepen our spiritual practice? In this deeply personal talk, Crystal shares critical reflections from her years of meditation and spiritual exploration of Christian mysticism, Buddhism and Hinduism. She recounts how meditation and conscious awareness of the present moment can help us see our ego, collective identities and social conditioning more clearly – and unpack our biases, stereotypes and emotions. Crystal also discusses how concepts like transcendence, interconnectedness and compassion can be powerful tools for linking personal healing to social activism.

FAQs on booking Crystal Fleming

  • How to book Crystal Fleming?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Crystal Fleming for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Crystal Fleming, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Crystal Fleming or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Crystal Fleming?

    Booking fees for Crystal Fleming, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Crystal Fleming, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Crystal Fleming?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Crystal Fleming for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Crystal Fleming for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Crystal Fleming or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Crystal Fleming or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Crystal Fleming is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Crystal Fleming for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Crystal Fleming generally travels from Stony Brook, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dorothy Roberts, Nikki Giovanni, Ijeoma Oluo, Ellen McGirt and Charlene Carruthers. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Crystal Fleming for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Crystal Fleming Speaker Videos

  • Crystal Fleming Interview - YouTube
    Feb 10, 2020 ... Sociologist Crystal Fleming talks about her book, "How to Be Less Stupid About Race" with Karen. #HowToBeLessStupidAboutRace #Racism ...
    How To Be Less Stupid About Race - YouTube
    Oct 17, 2018 ... Dr. Crystal M. Fleming of SUNY Stony Brook teaches you how to be less stupid about race, which is based on her book "How to Be Less Stupid ...
  • IRAAS Conversations Lecture w/ Prof. Crystal Fleming - YouTube
    Mar 15, 2016 ... "Killing Them Softly: Anti-Blackness and the Legacies of Slavery in France" with Crystal Fleming, Assistant Professor in the departments of ...

Crystal Fleming Speaking Topics

  • HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE

    Bringing critical race theory from the Ivory Tower to the masses, Crystal explains how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into anti-racist change. Racial stupidity – in the form of misconceptions, misrepresentations and denial – is clearly an epidemic. And this is not a coincidence or a mistake: living in a racist society means that we absorb harmful ideas, stereotypes and biases. When left unchallenged, racial stupidity fuels discriminatory behavior, devalues the lives of black and brown people and reproduces the white supremacist status quo from one generation to the next. This wide-ranging talk unveils the historical roots of racial stupidity and explores how racial non-sense manifests in pop culture, (mis)education, media, politics and personal relationships today. But recognizing racial stupidity is not enough—we have to actually do something about it. Crystal seeks to inspire and empower those of us committed to building a more just society by showing how to leverage our racial literacy for anti-racist activism.

  • REVEALING WHITE SUPREMACY: WHY WE NEED A RADICALLY NEW CONVERSATION ABOUT RACISM

    There is only one type of racism that has ever been institutionalized in the United States and it has a name—white supremacy. Yet talking openly about the social, political and economic dominance of people defined as ‘white’ has become something of a taboo. For many, the term ‘white supremacy’ feels radical and shocking. This wasn’t always the case. The frank talk about white racism that animated anti-racists protests, debates and even scholarship in the 1960s and 1970s came to be largely replaced with the empty rhetoric of “diversity and inclusion” and the watered down politics of post-racialism. Even the word ‘racism’ itself is often used as a euphemism to avoid acknowledging white supremacy. But if we are ever going to radically transform our society, we will need a bold new conversation about racism—one that doesn’t shy away from naming the specific form of racial oppression that systematically channels social, political and economic resources to people on the basis of their “whiteness” while exploiting and marginalizing people socially defined as “non-white”. This talk reveals the urgency and importance of expanding our collective understanding of white supremacy beyond extremism like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Drawing on her expertise and empirical research on white supremacy in the U.S. and Europe, Crystal shows how white supremacy is deeply tied to European colonialism, patriarchy, modern capitalism and the destruction of our ecosystem.

  • MINDFUL ACTIVISM: MEDITATIONS ON POWER, SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

    What can mindfulness bring to social justice movements? And how can knowledge about inequality and power deepen our spiritual practice? In this deeply personal talk, Crystal shares critical reflections from her years of meditation and spiritual exploration of Christian mysticism, Buddhism and Hinduism. She recounts how meditation and conscious awareness of the present moment can help us see our ego, collective identities and social conditioning more clearly – and unpack our biases, stereotypes and emotions. Crystal also discusses how concepts like transcendence, interconnectedness and compassion can be powerful tools for linking personal healing to social activism.

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