Adult Forum

THE REALITY AND ILLUSION OF RACE

Oct. 14, 21, 28, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Please join us for this Adult Forum DVD Video Series on Race.

Through this 3-week video series we will learn about the contradictory assumptions and myths we believe about race. We will examine the underlying social, economic, and political conditions that disproportionately channel advantages and opportunities to white people.

In producing this series, we felt that it was important to go back to first principles and ask, What is this thing called ‘race’? –a question so basic it is rarely raised. What we discovered is that most of our common assumptions about race, for instance, that the world’s people can be divided biologically along racial line–are wrong. Yet the consequences of racism are very real.”—Larry Adelman, Executive Producer

Oct. 14: Episode 1The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science – including genetics – that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Oct. 21: Episode 2 – The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19thcentury science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as “natural.”

Oct 28: Episode 3 – The House We LiveIn asks, if race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.