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Virtual: ‘Anti-Blackness and Alliance: A Series on Asian-Black Race Relation: I’m Not Racist … Am I?’
September 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
The Asian American Center and the Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are proud to co-present “Anti-Blackness and Alliance: A Series on Asian-Black Race Relations,” public events which will take place over the course of the 2020-21 academic year.
The series brings a wide variety of speakers together to discuss the history and contemporary landscape of Asian-Black interconnections in politics and culture. Anti-Blackness and alliance are only two of the ways to describe these connections, and rather than viewing them as opposites, the audience is asked to question how these modes and others can coexist and conflict with each other.
The first event will be on September 10 at 7pm. “I’m Not a Racist…Am I?: A Documentary Screening and Discussion” featuring Barb Lee, founder and president of Point Made Films, and professor Michelle Robinson (Department of American Studies, UNC Chapel Hill). Registered participants will receive an access code to watch the documentary for free.
The film I’m Not Racist… Am I? documents a racially and economically diverse group of remarkable teenagers and their families as they plunged into a year-long journey to get at the heart of racism. Consulting company Point Made Learning brings creative, story-based education to institutions and organizations that are serious about inclusion. They have delivered programs to countless schools and corporations around the country, and support those who are ready to start the conversation about racism and equity.
This event will be the first official event of the Asian American Center, a newly established university-wide center whose mission is to cultivate a critical understanding of Asian American peoples, cultures, and histories.
Barb Lee is the founder and president of both Point Made Films, a documentary film company that focuses on American identity, and Point Made Learning. She has dual degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she has volunteered in numerous leadership roles including Chair of the UNC Board of Visitors and Chair of ACRED (Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity). She is the 2015 recipient of UNC’s Alumni Diversity Award, the university’s highest honor for work in racial justice. She is also a trustee of the foundation board of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Michelle Robinson is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies, and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Boston University. Her book Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor and the Corpus of Detective Fiction was published by University of Michigan Press in 2016. Her current research, titled “Come Tell Us How To Go To Heaven,” uses correspondence from Christian evangelicals to identify how epistolary intimacies and ideas about Christian fellowship shaped the career and social impact of the Reverend Billy Graham. She is also developing a new project titled, “Shadows Cast Things,” a study of race and sexuality in post-WW2 Hollywood cinema. She teaches on topics ranging from LGBTQ fiction and film to stand-up comedy to radical religious communities.