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Race—The Power of an Illusion:
Teaching about Race and Racism using Resources to Change the Narrative

A public event celebrating the launch of a new companion website for the groundbreaking documentary series

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First broadcast on public television more than 15 years ago, RACE - The Power of an Illusion has become one of the most widely viewed documentaries in American history, and it remains timely and relevant today. The series asks a question so basic it is rarely raised: what is this thing called race? Many of our conventional assumptions, particularly about race being biologically-based, are wrong, yet the consequences of racism are very real.

Join us on Feb. 6 for an open forum featuring producers of the series and UC Berkeley faculty discussing the evolution and impact of our ideas about race, then and now.


3:00 - 4:00 Welcome and Panel 1: Reflections and Origins
Larry Adelman, series producer for RACE
john powell, UC Berkeley faculty and director, HIFIS
Michael Omi (moderator), UC Berkeley faculty
4:00 - 5:00  Panel 2: Where Do We Go From Here?
Jason Corburn, City/Regional Planning and Public Health
Darlene Francis, Public Health and Neuroscience
Lulu Matute, Haas Scholar
Victoria Robinson (moderator), director, American Cultures Center
5:00 - 6:00  Reception


  • American Cultures Engaged Scholarship
  • Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
  • UC Berkeley Library
  • Center for Race and Gender
  • California Newsreel

Free and open to the public
Wheelchair accessible