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Cord Whitaker, Ph.D. is a Philadelphia native who fell in love with Chaucer as an undergraduate at Yale. The son of an editor and a nonprofit president, Cord has had a way with words since he took on his first acting role in fourth grade.

Today, Cord writes, researches, and teaches on medieval English literature and the history of race. Assistant professor at Wellesley College, he inspires students through his keen ability to see the practical applications of intellectual inquiry.

Cord is currently completing a book entitled Black Metaphors: Race, Rhetoric, Religion, and the Literature of the Late Middle Ages. The book argues that the late medieval Christian reception of classical rhetoric informs and directs the process by which blackness and whiteness become metaphors for sin and purity in English writing. He contends that these metaphors are central to the development of race and racism.

Dr. Whitaker regularly speaks on race, literature, rhetoric, and politics. For more information, please fill out the contact form below.

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