DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 10, 2019) — The Putnam is calling members of the community to discuss how “race” is perceived during the free event, Envisioning Race, Thursday, May 16, at 7PM.
The event features a screening of the documentary “What’s Race Got to Do with It?” in the Putnam’s Giant Screen Theater. The film explores issues such as underrepresentation, the limitations of multiculturalism, social equity, affirmative action, and how to make a difference.
After the film, a group discussion on race in the community will be held. The discussion will be led by Dr. Monica Smith, Augustana's first Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
“Envisioning Race is going to be a thought-provoking event,” said Michele Darland, Relationship Advancement Director at the Putnam. “The event allows an opportunity for members of our community to dive deeper into subjects related to our current traveling exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different?”
Envisioning Race is the final event in connection with RACE: Are We So Different?, which explores the subject through science, history, and cultural studies. The exhibit runs through the first weekend of June.
“RACE: Are We So Different? has been a unique way to encourage thoughtful discussions about the impact of race in our current culture and community,” said Darland. “It’s exciting to host one final event centered around this important topic that has such a meaningful influence on our everyday lives.”
Envisioning Race is generously sponsored by Exelon.
For more information on Envisioning Race, please visit Putnam.org.
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