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Race: The Power of an Illusion

  • YMCA 306 East Scenic Valley Avenue Indianola, IA, 50125 United States (map)

Most of our most common assumptions about race are wrong, yet the consequences of racism are very real. Join a five-week conversation based off the documentary series, "Race: The Power of an Illusion" to learn about how the illusion of race is embedded in our society, understand the impacts of this illusion, and affect change in our communities. 

All sessions will be held at the Indianola YMCA in the Community Room. Childcare is available.

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Session 1: 
Tues. 9/26, 6-7:30pm
Session 1 Outline: Series Launch & viewing of Episode 1
Episode 1 Synopsis - The 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.

Session 2:
Tues. 10/3, 6-7:30pm
Session 2 Outline: Session 1 recap & viewing of Episode 2
Episode 2 Synopsis - Episode 2- The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century 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."

Session 3:
Tues. 10/10, 6-7:30pm
Session 3 Outline: Session 2 recap & viewing of Episode 3
Episode 3 Synopsis - Episode 3- The House We Live In 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.

Session 4:
Tues. 10/17, 6-7:30pm
Session 4 Outline: Session 3 recap, Documentary recap, group discussion. Session 4 will be a time for us to reflect on the documentary and how we've engaged with the material so far, discuss as a group how the material has affected us and what our next steps will be.

Session 5:
Mon. 10/23, 6-7:30pm
Session 5 Outline: Implicit Bias. We'll use the final session to explore implicit bias and discuss how we may or may not even know we have biases. We will use a technique to illustrate implicit bias and how it affects us all.

If you have any questions please email nick (at) themoveproject (dot) org

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