Wednesday, March 08
Birth of Whose Nation? Black and White in America
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Location: Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Cost: Free

“Birth of Whose Nation? Black and White in America” is a panel discussion highlighted by Dante James, president of Dayton-based Black Pearl Media Works. James served as adjunct faculty at the University from 2014 to 2016. In 2006 he won an Emmy for his work as series producer on the critically acclaimed PBS documentary series, Slavery and the Making of America. The panel will also include Lawrence Burnley, University vice president for diversity and inclusion; Anthony Smith, associate professor of religious studies; Hsuan Tsen, art and design lecturer; and Denise James, director of the women’s and gender studies program. The evening will feature clips from the 1915 film, Birth of a Nation. Directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Springfield, Ohio, native Lillian Gish, the epic, three-hour silent drama chronicles the relationship of two families fighting on opposite sides of the American Civil War. The film depicts the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Contact Information:
Name: Alumni Chair in Humanities