Oct 10 2018

Author Talk: Gail Lukasik “White Like Her”

October 10, 2018

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Daley Library


Chicago, IL 60612


Free, RSVP required

After discovering a racial secret in her family, Gail Lukasik, UIC alum and author, wrote her best-selling book, White Like Her, My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing, which describes her struggle with the shame of her mother’s choice, and her awakening to the issues of race in the United States.

She will share her journey of self-discovery with students, faculty and staff on UIC’s campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, in the Richard J. Daley Library.

For the majority of her life, Dr. Lukasik, who was raised in a white suburb of Cleveland, believed she was white. After settling in the Chicago area, she earned her doctorate in English from UIC. In 1995 while researching her mother’s family, she learned that they’d been classified as black on the 1900 Louisiana census. When she questioned her mother, her mother swore her to secrecy. No one could know her mother was passing for white.

In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Dr. Lukasik explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Dr. Lukasik changed how she looks at race and heritage.

Please join us to hear Dr. Lukasik’s talk on race, identity, and the process of writing about personal experiences.

Lunch will be served, and reservations are required.

RSVP to Linda Landis Andrews: Landrews@uic.edu


Linda Landis Andrews

Date posted

Oct 5, 2018

Date updated

Oct 5, 2018