(October 3, 2012)

Centenary takes part in community discussion on race

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary is partnering with LSU Health Shreveport, the Multicultural Center of the South, and Southern University at Shreveport to offer a three-part community-wide discussion that investigates race in society, science, and history. The events are free and open to the Shreveport-Bossier community.

"Centenary students, staff, and faculty are committed to promoting diversity on our campus and within our larger community," said Chad Fulwider, Centenary Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Diversity Committee. "Having engaged, open discussions about the racial issues that are still affecting all of us is simply part of our larger mission to promote diversity awareness and to help others appreciate the richness that diversity brings."

Each discussion will follow showings of one-hour episodes of the PBS documentary RACE—The Power of an Illusion:

October 11, 7:00 p.m.
Southern University at Shreveport, Room 310/11

Episode 1—"The Difference Between Us" examines how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race.
Moderator: Mr. Kenneth Hunter,
Director of Diversity Affairs/EEO Officer, LSU Health

October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Robinson Film Center

Episode 2—"The Story We Tell" uncovers the roots of the race concept, including the 19th century science that legitimized it and the hold it has gained in unconventional thinking.
Moderator: Mr. William "Sharp" Strother,
Director of Communications & Public Relations, Southern University at Shreveport

October 25, 7:00 p.m.
LSU Health Shreveport—Donald Zadeck Conference Center, G-221

Episode 3—"The House We Live In" focuses on how institutions shape and create race, giving different groups unequal life chances.
Moderator: Dr. Melva Williams
Associate Dean, Centenary College

For more information, contact Dr. Chad Fulwider at email.