Dialogue on Race Advanced series enhances participants’ understanding of race, communication and intelligent action when confronted with racial issues.

Open to DORLA Original Series Alumni Only

  • Session I
    “Mississippi: A Self Portrait” An NBC News Documentary: Dateline aired May 1966<
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    The documentary by Frank De Felitta was filmed in 1965 less than a year after a series of murders, lynchings and church bombings in Mississippi. The film examines how white Mississippians reconciled themselves to their culture. Cameo appearances in the film of a black waiter led to us having this video 50 years later.

    Race: “The Illusion of Power” (on DVD) Sessions 2, 3, & 4

  • Session II
    Episode 1: The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science, including genetics, that challenges assumptions that human beings can be bundled into different groups according to their physicality.
  • Session III
    Episode 2: The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th-century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize American social inequalities as “natural.”
  • Session IV
    Episode 3: The House We Live In focuses on the question, “If race is not biology, what is it?” This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.



This was a wonderful experience which I felt really brought home the concepts of institutional racism and white privilege. Our group was soon comfortable with each other and able to have an open dialogue on these tough concepts via the guidance of our two wonderful moderators. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to understand how racism is having an impact on people of color in the modern world.

- Heather M. 

The Dialogue on Race series has been one of the most significant learning experiences I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I highly recommend it to anyone who's seriously interested in having an open and honest dialogue (not debate) on race and who also wants to play their role in dismantling racism in our community. 

- Eric D. 

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