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Race—The Power of an Illusion
Wed., Nov. 2, 9, and 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
Listing of Let’s Talk About Race programs
By asking a basic question—what is this thing called race?— and probing the biological premise for dividing people into distinct groups, Race—The Power of an Illusion seeks to uproot deep-seated notions and change the terms of any discussion about race.
Marya Annette McQuirter, author and consultant, facilitates a discussion following the screening of each episode.
NOV 2 Episode 1: “The Difference Between Us” surveys the scientific findings - including genetics - that suggest that there is no biological basis for the concept of race.
NOV 9 Episode 2: “The Story We Tell” provides the historical context for race in North America, how and when the idea got started, and why it has become so deeply imbedded in our psyches.
NOV 16 Episode 3: “The House We Live In” shows how our social institutions “make” race by providing different groups vastly different life chances—even today, more than 40 years since the Civil Rights Act was passed.
This three-part documentary was produced and distributed by California Newsreel in 2003. Each episode is 56 minutes long.
QUICK TIX CODE: BPM2
The Smithsonian Associates programs are part of the Smithsonian-wide conversation
about race. The exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? will be at the
Natural History Museum through Jan. 2, 2012.
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1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)