Anti-Racist Educator Lee Mun Wah to Screen Film at Ithaca College
ITHACA, NY — Renowned filmmaker and anti-racist educator/facilitator Lee Mun Wah will host a free public screening and discussion of his latest documentary during a visit to Ithaca College on Thursday, April 5. Lee will show “If These Halls Could Talk” at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. The film brings together a diverse group of college students for a dialogue about issues of race, racism, ethnicity and diversity on college campuses.
Lee is a Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, folkteller, educator, community therapist and diversity trainer. He is the executive director of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation and conflict mediation techniques.
“If These Halls Could Talk” explores the myriad ways educators can learn how to develop authentic classroom environments where diversity issues can be discussed openly and safely. Through stories and personal exchanges, students from a variety of backgrounds share what makes the classroom unsafe for them and what it is like to be a minority/immigrant on a predominantly white campus. Lee models how to facilitate interpersonal conflicts and diversity issues mindfully and transformatively in the classroom.
Lee’s previous films include the acclaimed documentary “The Color of Fear,” which explores both institutionalized racism and interminority racism; and “Stolen Ground,” about the experience of Asian Americans.
Prior to his public talk, Lee will lead workshops for Ithaca College students, faculty, staff and administrators based on both his new film and his latest book, “Let’s Get Real: What People of Color Can’t Say & Whites Won’t Ask about Racism.” The workshops are intended to foster dialogue, questions and learning about issues of diversity, race and racism in higher education. Earlier in the week he will hold similar sessions at Cornell University and in the community. Following his visit, a group of Ithaca faculty will hold a public session to generate ideas and plans for meaningful action to address those issues at the college.
Lee’s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Jeff Claus, associate professor of education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.