Flier of the Race part 2 discussion

Join us Friday, September 25 from 1pm to 3pm PT for a screening of Part II of Race--The Power of an Illusion followed by a one-hour panel discussion with experts!
The film screening and panel discussion will happen at:


The documentary will not be screened on Facebook. However, the panel discussion that follows the screening will be live-streamed on this page, as well as on UC Berkeley's Facebook page. To submit a question to the panelists, you may either type it in the event's YouTube page chatbox, on this Facebook event page, or by emailing it to with the subject line "RACE" at any time during the event.

Note: Members of the UC Berkeley community can access the documentary series at any time for free through Kanopy using CalNet authentication. If you are a member of another university or public library click here to access the documentary.

Event schedule

Film screening: 1:00 pm - 2:00pm PT
Panel: 2:00 pm - 3:00pm PT
Panelists/Discussants: Gerald Horne, University of Houston; Terence Keel, University of California, Los Angeles; Lundy Braun, Brown University; Kim TallBear, University of Alberta
Moderator: Denise Herd, UC Berkeley

Event Description

This event will consist of a one-hour screening of the award-winning docuseries Race--The Power of an Illusion: The Story We Tell (Part II), followed by a one-hour live-streamed panel discussion on the origins of the concept of race, an accounting of when it took hold in the United States -- and more importantly, why. Part II looks back in history and reveals that the idea of race came well after the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the colonies. Not until the American Revolution proclaimed the radical Enlightenment ideal that “all men are created equal” was there a need to justify the immorality of slavery and the removal of Indigenous Americans to clear land for white settlement. The social and economic hierarchy created by European colonialism was made to seem like the natural outcome of a biological destiny -- ideas that have persisted in the collective consciousness of Americans long after the formal end of slavery.

Following the film screening, expert panelists Gerald Horne (Professor of History and African American Studies at University of Houston, UC Berkeley alumnus), Terence Keel (Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics at UC Los Angeles), Lundy Braun (Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Africana Studies at Brown University), and Kim TallBear (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta) with moderator Denise Herd (Professor and Division Head of Community Health Sciences at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Associate Director at the Othering and Belonging Institute)will explore how ideas of race evolved throughout American history. In particular, they will critique the ways in which pseudoscientific racism was harnessed to exploit and subordinate Africans, African Americans, Indigenous Americans, and other people of color. Finally, the conversation will turn to the past and present of how American laws and institutions were designed around race to privilege whites.

We hope you’ll join us for the second installment of a three-part series during this historic period of mass resistance to structural racism. We'll soon be announcing details on Part III (October 9) of our series, which will examine intersections of race with housing, public policy, power, wealth, and status. For the latest info visit:

All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsors: Othering & Belonging Institute, School of Public Health, Center for Research on Social Change

Event/access contact: Marc Abizeid,