Place Setting Book Club: White Metropolis

july, 2020

22jul5:30 pm7:30 pmPlace Setting Book Club: White Metropolis


Event Details


Hosted by AD EX, bcWORKSHOP, Downtown Dallas, Inc., Place Setting at Pegasus Plaza, and Sunset Art Studios

Join us for the online Place Setting book club – our third book will be White Metropolis by Michael Phillips

About White Metropolis:

“Exploring more than 150 years of Dallas history, Phillips reveals how white business leaders created both a white racial identity and a Southwestern regional identity that excluded African Americans from power and required Mexican Americans and Jews to adopt Anglo-Saxon norms to achieve what limited positions of power they held. He also demonstrates how the concept of whiteness kept these groups from allying with each other, and with working- and middle-class whites, to build a greater power base and end elite control of the city. Comparing the Dallas racial experience with that of Houston and Atlanta, Phillips identifies how Dallas fits into regional patterns of race relations and illuminates the unique forces that have kept its racial history hidden until the publication of this book.”

About Place Setting Book Club:

Part of the goal of Place Setting is to consider what it means to come together in public space, how do we envision and create radically inclusive places that facilitate and support equitable communities. While we can’t physically be together right now, the question of how we come together has taken on a new meaning in this time of social distancing, and yielded a new question of what does it mean to physically be together when this is all over. The deep injustices in our country, and across the globe, are more visible than ever – how do we organize to understand the roots of this injustice, to imagine new models of working, living, and being together?

A book club was planned as part of our in-person programming as a way to discuss ideas of design, justice, equity, and community, supporting our other programming with artists and partners. Since we can’t meet in person, we’ve decided to move the book club online, in partnership with local bookstore and publisher Deep Vellum.

One benefit of doing it online is that you don’t have to be in Dallas to participate. We hope you’ll join us and we can’t wait to see you again soon. If you are in Dallas and would like to participate, please consider ordering through our partner Deep Vellum or another local bookstore!






(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm