Activist Tim Wise Is Focus of Free Film Screening at Susquehanna
Published on September 2, 2011
Susquehanna University will host a free public screening of “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity” on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.
The film features anti-racist activist and author Tim Wise discussing the pitfalls of “colorblindness” in the Obama era and arguing for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice. Wise argues that we can only begin to move toward authentic social and economic equity by acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped our perceptions and the role that race continues to play in the maintenance of disparities between whites and people of color in the United States today.
Following the film will be a discussion with Arthur Breese, director of diversity for Geisinger Health System. Breese worked for more than 15 years as a family crisis counselor before becoming director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium and associate director of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University. Breese has completed the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program and presented locally, regionally and nationally on diversity education and issues, including several presentations for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. He has also been the director of diversity and mediation at East Stroudsburg University.
The event is a part of Community Dialogues, a collaborative series on race and ethnicity sponsored by Susquehanna University, the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE), Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University and Geisinger Health System. Other events in the series are a live lecture by Wise on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg, and an Inter-Affinity Workshop on Race and Privilege on Sept. 17 at Bucknell University, in the Elaine Langone Center, beginning at 9 a.m.
Karen M. Jones