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Screening & Discussion: Black Girl in Suburbia

Apr 13, 2017, 5:30 pmApr 14, 2017, 5:30 pm

BGS PosterUO English and the Composition Program will host director Melissa Lowery for two events this week to screen her award-winning documentary, Black Girl in Suburbia:

Black Girl in Suburbia Screening and Q&A

Featuring Director Melissa Lowery and UO Faculty Panel

5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 13 April 2017

Lillis 282 open to the public

Black Girl in Suburbia Screening and Conversation about Inclusive Teaching

Featuring Director Melissa Lowery and UO Student Panel

3:00pm-5:00pm, Friday 14 April 2017

McKenzie 129 especially for teachers
After a screening of her award-winning documentary Black Girl in Suburbia, Melissa Lowery joins a panel of UO faculty (Thursday) and undergraduate students (Friday) to discuss what racial inclusivity means at predominantly white institutions—from K-12 schools to college classrooms. What classroom experiences have supported—and undermined—a sense of belonging and academic achievement for the students of color in our classrooms? How do faculty create conditions in which it’s possible for students to learn from one another across differences while allowing for shifts in students’ perspectives?

These conversations are part of a two-day symposium focused on Lowery’s 55-minute documentary film, which explores the experience of Black women who grew up in predominantly white communities around Oregon. Join us for this special chance to discuss the racial dynamics that shape academic environments in dialogues that will center the voices and experiences of faculty and students of color.