Rethinking Race Film Festival

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 12:00pm

Akron, OH 44301

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Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond

A virtual forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood through conversations, film, and speakers. Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.


12:00pm: Brant Lee”Teaching Race”

What I learned trying to teach 5,000 people about race online at the end of the Trump Era.

Following the racial justice demonstrations–and confrontations—of the summer of 2020, the University of Akron School of Law decided to present a free online class to the general public, “Racial Equality and the Law” (REAL), taught by Professor Brant T. Lee. The public response was overwhelming—over 5,000 people signed up, and enrollment was capped to ensure that the course could be handled technologically. Professor Lee will describe what the course covered, how it went, and what he learned about raising racial awareness.

Cost: Free

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7:00pm: ‘A (Much Needed) Longer Conversation’

“This discussion will explore an introspective view concerning the future of visual contemporary art and where we, as young Black visual artists, see ourselves in it– changing with or against it.” -Kwame’ Gomez

“In partnership with Curated storefront, this lecture features a panel of 6 practicing and student artists from across the country, ranging from painting to photography to sculpture and mixed media. This lecture will serve as one of many grounds to discuss the endless possibilities of the future of art and media. This conversation, based on our knowledge and experiences concerning the current contemporary landscape, Blackness, art history, and innovation is imperative to the moment.

This lecture will explore what is in store for us when we, Black artists, stand in
contemporary art now and years down the line,hoping to inspire and empower a new generation of artists to create and imagine a world beyond western visual expectations of art. Breaking and reconstructing the very ideas of materiality, narrative, and taste”

The panelist includes; Kwamé Gomez, Senior at the University of Akron Myers School of Art, Akron, OH, Benjamin Gale-Platt, Pratt, NYC, NY, Blessing Greer, Independent Artist, Pinky Ring Art Collective, CA, Double R., Oakland, San Francisco, CA, Alexandria Couch, BFA Alumni from The University of Akron Myers School of Art, Akron, OH, Zeinab Diomande, Philadelphia, PA. and Moderator: Diane Davis-Sikora, Associate Professor, College of Architecture & Environmental Design - Kent State University.

Cost: Free

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8:00pm - 9:00pm: “The Conversation” with Dominic Moore-Dunson:

Join the Dance Institute on Facebook Live for a talk with Dominic Moore-Dunson, Research Resident Artist at the National Choreography Center at The University of Akron.

In recognition of Black History Month, members of The University of Akron arts and culture community are presenting a three-part live conversation series with local and national African American artists and cultural figures. Join the Dance Institute on Facebook Live on Thursday, February 25th at 8:00pm for the final event in “The Conversation” series, a talk with Dominic Moore-Dunson, Research Resident Artist at the National Choreography Center at The University of Akron.

Dominic Moore-Dunson performed 8 seasons as a Company Member and served as the Assistant to the Artistic Director at Inlet Dance Theatre. As a choreographer Dominic has received numerous recognitions including 2019 Cleveland Arts Prize’s Emerging Artist Award for Theatre & Dance, a 2019 fellow of The Ann and Weston Hicks Choreography Program at Jacob’s Pillow, 2019 Akron Arts Alive! “Outstanding Artists in Dance”, and 2019 “New Agent” by MOCA Cleveland, and 2021 Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts #180 with Doug Varone.

Currently, Moore-Dunson is a Research Resident Artist at the National Choreography Center at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) and helped launch in Akron Black Artist Guild in Akron, OH earlier this year.

Cost: Free

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