Scene & Unseen: Facing Race Through Film

6:00 pm, February 08, 2019 to 9:00 pm, February 09, 2019

This conference will use film as a vehicle to engage in conversations about structural racism, both past and present, and faith. Participants will explore how cinema can reveal structural racism, foster dialogue, and ignite transformation towards healing and reconciliation. These conversations in our faith communities aren’t optional; they are the gospel. 


Keynote Speaker
Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D, professor and Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.



The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, theologian and author, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God; Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Seminary

Greg Garrett, PhD, Professor of English at Baylor University and author, The Gospel According to Hollywood

Catherine Meeks, PhD, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and editor of Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America

Michael B. Gillespie, Associate Professor of Film at The City College of New York, CUNY and author of Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film

Stanley T. Talbert, Ph.D. candidate, Union Theological Seminary, writer

Lisa L. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Union Theological Seminary, New York and author of Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider

Melanie DeMore, vocal activist

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