Students to discuss race relations in America

For immediate release…
Wednesday – Feb. 19, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - With the documentary film Hate Crimes in the Heartland’s first screening in our region set for Feb. 24 at the Freedom Center, Northern Kentucky University students are invited to an on-campus dialogue that same day from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in room 106 of the Votruba Student Union. The discussion topic is “How do you see race relations in the United States today?”

NKU History Professor Dr. Sharon Vance-Eliany will facilitate the discussion and Dr. David Harris of the Harvard Law School’s Charles Houston Hamilton Institute for Race & Justice will be a guest participant. The institute was a consultant on the film.

The film, which has deep NKU roots (NKU students and faculty were involved in its research, filming, writing, and production) will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Center. It looks at race relations in the United States through the lens of a 1921 riot and more recent violence in Tulsa, Okla.

The student discussion at NKU is a Democracy Square Live dialogue. DSL events are sponsored by NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and are designed to encourage thoughtful, informed dialogue around current events and public affairs.

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