AMERICAN DENIAL Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

A promotional image for American Denial

  • Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
  • Time: 5 PM
  • Location: The Nims Theater in the Performing Arts Center

About the film: 
American Denial

In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America’s Jim Crow South. The resulting study, “An American Dilemma” (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: how can a people devoted to the American Creed of equality, justice, and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Using historical and contemporary stories, the film offers an unsettling account of how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives in powerful ways.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Peabody Award-recipient, Emmy-nominated director Llewellyn Smith, and Visiting Scholar at the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, Benjamin D. Weber.

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