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PBS Documentary On Race To Screen In Wichita

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A film and discussion about race will take place Monday evening at Wichita’s Rockwell Branch Library. Participants will explore where the idea of race comes from.

Part one of the acclaimed PBS documentary series “Race: The Power of an Illusion” will give participants a chance to learn about the ways we consider race.

Cultural anthropologist and facilitator Lisa Chitelji has worked at the university level exploring comparative race and ethnicity construction. She says that the discussion will look at the traits used throughout history to divide people into certain race groups, as well as how they are not valid.

“The criteria we were using, which were physical ones like skin color, are optical illusions to make us think there’s a lot of difference, but that indeed there’s very little difference across all human groups," Chitelji says.

Chitelji says there’s more difference among members within a group than there are between separate groups.

The film, followed by discussion, will be at the Rockwell Branch Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday. Part two and three of the documentary series will be screened in July and August. 

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Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

 
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