• Documentary Film Series on Race: “The House We Live In”

    by  • March 25, 2014 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    Race: The Power of Illusion

    Still from Race: The Power of Illusion, via itvs.org.

    Chicago-Kent’s Documentary Film Series on Race shows important films throughout the semester in an effort to create meaningful discussions about race. Join faculty, students, and alumni on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:00 pm for the next event in the series—a screening of “The House We Live In,” the final episode of the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003). The episode focuses on the ways institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others. See a short summary from the episode’s website below:

    If race doesn’t exist biologically, what is it? And why should it matter? Our final episode, “The House We Live In,” is the first film about race to focus not on individual attitudes and behavior but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others. Its subject is the “unmarked” race: white people. We see how benefits quietly and often invisibly accrue to white people, not necessarily because of merit or hard work, but because of the racialized nature of our laws, courts, customs, and perhaps most pertinently, housing.

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    The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Jill Roberts—a Chicago-Kent alumna, housing expert, and staff attorney at the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic—along with current student Orion Swann.


    Wednesday, March 26, at 6:00 pm
    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
    Contact Grace Akinlemibola for more information


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