Keynotes and Breakout Speakers

Dr. Jacqueline Battalora is a keynote speaker, author, trainer, and consultant in workplace and educational inclusion. Her keynotes about the legal invention of the human category “white” people, turn contemporary conceptions of race upside down and reorient thinking about race and human divisions. The keynotes are steeped in law and history made both accessible and nuanced. They are engaging, thought provoking, and relevant. The keynotes provide attendees with immediate actions and longer-term processes for transforming their lives, workplaces, and communities into a strong reflection of inclusion and equal opportunity.

Jacqueline Battalora is the author of, Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today, and numerous articles. She is an attorney and professor of sociology at Saint Xavier University, Chicago and a former Chicago Police Officer. Battalora is an editor for the Journal of Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.

She completed her law degree from the University of Toledo and came to Chicago to practice. Her interest in the role of law in creating human difference shaped her graduate work at Northwestern University where she received her Ph.D. 

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Keynotes include:
West Louisville FORUM
Evanston/Skokie School District 65
H. John Heinz History Museum
University of Pittsburgh, Center on Race and Social Problems
Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Hunter College, School of Social Work
RSM West Midwest Leadership Team
Mortenson Corp. Leadership Team
Northwestern University
University of Virginia

Work featured on:
Anthropology in 10 minutes or Less
Wisconsin Public Radio
the Documentary Film, The American L.O.W.S. by Darnley R. Hodge, Jr.
the Documentary Film, HAPI by Gerard Grant
the Philippe Matthews Show.

Jacqueline has numerous publications related to the making of human difference in law including Birth of A White Nation: The invention of white people and its relevance today.

Do you want to understand the history of the term “white people” in the United States and how it has shaped our lives and identities? Read the book, Birth of A White Nation by Jacqueline Battalora. A clearly written and illuminating book.
”Rosemary Radford Ruether,
Graduate Theological Union, Berkley, California

Jacqueline Battalora is one of the nation’s best advocates for issues of equity and social justice. Her talks are challenging and engaging…. And leave people ready to move forward.. . . Her work is essential to the field and her passion contagious.
”Eddie Moore, Jr., President
The Privilege Institute