Save the Date: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality w/ Shakti Butler(September 27)


Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

Film, Storytelling, and Community Dialogue with Shakti Butler

Thursday, September 27, 2012
6:00-9:00 pm (6:00-6:30 reception; 6:30-9:00 program)
DePaul University Student Center, Room 120
2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60626
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World premiere of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a new film by Shakti Butler.  This World Trust film/dialogue project seeks to shift and deepen the conversation about racethrough moving personal accounts that illuminate the system that perpetuates structural inequity.  At the event, film segments will be braided with facilitated dialogue prompted by the powerful stories and with assistance of a model for understanding systemic racism.  Shakti Butler’s expert and compassionate facilitation makes this event ideal for folks yearning for change yet wary of authentic conversation about race and racial inequities.

“One goal is for people to generate new questions,” says Shakti Butler, “Film lends support by allowing folks to see the multiple ways we walk through the world. Dialogue rekindles our connection to one another and enables us to hold paradox: Your experience is different than mine. The world is not only the way I see it.  To heal the wounds of racism and dismantle systemic inequity, we must be able to hold that paradox. And we can, for in our heart of hearts we all want to create a world that works for everyone.”

Cracking the Codes is directed by Shakti Butler, Founder and Creative Director of World Trust Educational Services in Oakland, Ca. Her previous World Trust documentary films include The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America and Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.

Praise for Cracking the Codes

“Most of us, if we admit it, feel pretty stuck and helpless when it comes to addressing racism.  It’s the social ‘third rail’ that we either avoid, collide with or both – without much guidance or support.  Cracking the Codes is an important breakthrough in helping to turn this around.  Part story telling, part toolbox, this project deftly portrays the complex interplay between the personal, institutional and systemic.” – Makani Themba-Nixon, The Praxis Project

Smart, timely and necessary challenge to the nation to address what race means to all of us.”  – Maya Wiley, The Center for Social Inclusion

“Cracking the Codes asks viewers to understand the costs of systemic racial inequity. Building a world that works for everyone isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the only way to fulfill the American Dream. This unconventional film project challenges us to do just that. ”

– Van Jones, Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream

This event is being organized by DePaul’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Center for Intercultural Programs and the Egan Urban Center.  We are immensely grateful for the cosponsorship and support of the following within DePaul: African and Black Diaspora Studies; Art, Media and Design; Building Communities, Ending Violence; Center for Black Diaspora; Center for Intercultural Programs; Center for Interreligious Engagement; Center for Latino Research, Latin American/Latino Studies; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Egan Urban Center; Global Asian Studies; History Department; Humanities Center; Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; Philosophy; Political Science Department; Religious Studies; Social Work Program; School for New Learning; Steans Center; Vincentian Endowment Fund; Women’s and Gender Studies Department; Women’s Center.  As well as support of Chicago Community partners: The DuSable Museum and Project NIA, and a growing number of other organizations and projects.

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