Join us on Thursday, April 10th, for Episode Two of Race: The Power of an Illusion


Contributed by Michelle Rios-Dominguez

On April 10th and 17th, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, in Textor 101, Ithaca College will be joining an community initiative across Ithaca and Tompkins County that is over 1,000 members strong, to view the eye-opening and powerful three-part series (one hour episodes, one episode each night) PBS documentary, Race: The Power of An Illusion. Each episode will be followed by a discussion about the film and its relevance today, that will be facilitated by a representative of the Multicultural Resources Center of Ithaca, in affiliation with Cornell’s Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.

This is a three part series and we have two parts left to experience:

Episode Two: 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.”

Episode Three: 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 some.

RSVP by sending an email to mriosdominguez@ithaca.eduThis event is free and open to the public!

This event is co-sponsored by the Diversity Awareness Committee and the Office of Diversity and Incluison.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Michelle Rios-Dominguez atmriosdominguez@ithaca.eduor (607) 274-1506. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.