West Virginia University will explore issues of racial identity at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in G-21 White Hall on the Downtown Campus.
The Division of Sociology and Anthropology in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research are hosting the event, which includes the screening ofRace: The Power of an Illusion, The Difference Between Us,from the acclaimed PBS documentary.
The film, organizers say, examines the contemporary science, including genetics, that challenges common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.
A discussion will follow the film at 6 p.m. moderated by Dr. Rachael Woldoff, assistant professor of sociology; and Dr. Katherine Bankole, an associate professor of history and former director of the Center for Black Culture and Research.
Dr. Woldoff is the co-author of the forthcomingLiving Where the Neighbors Are Invested: Wealth and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Individuals’Neighborhood Homeownership Rateand conducts research on race/ethnicity, neighborhoods and community life, urban and regional demography and segregation, and urban crime and disorder.
Dr. Bankole conducts research on enslavement and medicine, African-American women’s history, history of enslavement in the United States , race and race relations in the U.S. , African identity formation, conflict resolution/mediation, theory and methodology in Africana studies.
The free event is one of many being held in celebration of Black History Month. It is open to the public; refreshments will be offered.