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Film Screening and Discussion Explore Racial Bias

October 15, 2015

Christine Herbes-Sommers '70

Fall Institute will kick off a day early with a screening of the film American Denial on Tuesday October 20. Produced by Knox alumna Christine Herbes-Sommers '70, the film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts, and will be followed by a Q&A with Herbes-Sommers. The public is invited to the screening and discussion.

American Denial focuses on Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 study, An American Dilemma, and the United States' racial psyche. It explores the underlying causes of systematic and institutional racial biases through insights and personal stories from a variety of historians, psychologists, and sociologists. The film appeared on PBS's Independent Lens in February 2015.

Herbes-Sommers is president and executive producer of Vital Pictures, Inc., and has produced more than 100 hours of documentary, dramatic, and educational programming for PBS since 1976. Over the years, her work has garnered many awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. She studied political science at Knox before earning an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Fall Institute at Knox is Wednesday, October 21. For the day, which annually occurs midway through fall term, classes are suspended and faculty, students, and staff take part in events that provide time to shape and define individual goals, milestones, and educational plans for a purposeful academic career. Some of this year's events include sessions on the graduate school application process, study abroad, and various career opportunities.

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