Upcoming Events (September 24-29, 2012)

September 26 — 5:30 p.m. — Join us for “Youth Stories on their Experiences in Confinement.” Learn from youth about what life in confinement is like and how this experience and other levels of connection with the juvenile justice system, has impacted their lives. Click here for more information. The event will take place at the Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave.

September 27-28 – Cracking the Codes
These are upcoming interactive film/dialogue events connected to the World Premiere of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a new film/dialogue by Shakti Butler and World Trust.  The Premiere will be at DePaul on Thursday, September 27, with two related workshops – one the day before at The DuSable, and one the day after, at DePaul, 2:30-5:30 pm.  All are open to public, free, and there will be refreshments and food!  information below.

The goal of this film/dialogue project is to shift the conversation about race in this country to focus more on systemic, structural components that have both internal and external manifestations, rather than a focus on individual prejudice. These interactive events will offering an analytic and practical framework around racial justice and also offer a creative and inspirational space to cultivate the skills and motivation for next steps.

World Premiere of Cracking the Codes
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

RSVP: http://www.tinyurl.com/crackingthecodes
Designed to shift and deepen the conversation about race, Cracking the Codes features moving personal accounts that illuminate the systems that perpetuate structural inequity.  In this community building event, film segments will be braided with facilitated dialogue prompted by the powerful stories in the film.

RELATED WORKSHOPS

Forum for Community Activists and Violence Prevention Practitioners
Wednesday, September 26, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
The DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place

RSVP: http://dusablecrackingthecodes.eventbrite.com/
This forum will offer a practical framework for understanding the sytem of racial inequity and a space to build skills for positive dialogue by asking questions, and an understanding of the healing necessary to move forward to a new level of understanding and action in our communities.

Open Forum: A Bold Dream: Creating a World That Works for Everyone
Friday, September 28
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Open to All
DePaul University Student Center, Room 120
2250 N. Sheffield

RSVP: http://bolddreamforum.eventbrite.com/
Through multi-media, dialogue, case studies and other participatory methods, Shakti Butler will inspire and guide participants to seek new questions that foster collective engagement and that build adaptive leadership skills that can illumine pathways towards healing, equity and a more sustainable future. Participants will gain a practical framework for understanding and deconstructing systemic racial inequities, for creating positive dialogue and for building skills that allow us to continue the dialogue. A multicultural future requires that we move towards collective impact that is imbued with understanding, equity and wisdom.

Shakti Butler on the film/dialogue project:

“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.”

Shakti Butler, filmmaker and racial justice educator, is the 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.

Sponsors and Organizers
These events are being organized by DePaul’s Center for Intercultural Programs, the Egan Urban Center, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, President’s Diversity Council and Women’s and Gender Studies. We are immensely grateful for the cosponsorship and support of the following within DePaul: African and Black Diaspora Studies; Art, Media and Design; Beck Research Initiative; Blue for Peace; Building Communities, Ending Violence; Center for Black Diaspora; Center for Intercultural Programs; Center for Interreligious Engagement; Center for Latino Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Geography; Educational Policy Studies and Research; Global Asian Studies; History Department; Humanities Center; International Studies; Latin American/Latino Studies; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; Philosophy; Political Science Department; Religious Studies; School for New Learning; Social Work Program; Sociology; Steans Center; Vincentian Endowment Fund; Women’s Center.

Chicago Community Collaborators: Chicago Area Project, Community Justice for Youth Institute, The DuSable Museum and Project NIA.

Questions? Ann Russo, arusso@depaul.edu

September 28 — Join us for a meeting about restorative and transformative justice efforts in Chicago. Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation will discuss their restorative justice efforts. For more information about the meeting, click here.

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