Dialogue on Race Advanced is open to DOR Original Series Alumni only. The series enhances participants’ understanding of race, communication, and intelligent action when confronted with racial issues.


Here are the sessions that participants will experience each week:


  • Session I: From Civil Rights to Genuine Equality – The video “MLK Talks ‘New Phase’ Of Civil Rights Struggle, 11 Months Before His Assassination” is where Martin Luther King, Jr responds to questions about the “new phase” of the struggle for ‘genuine equality.’
  • Session II: The Difference Between Us – Episode 1 of Race – The Power of an Illusion examines the contemporary science – including genetics – that challenges our commonsense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.
  • Session III: The Story We Tell – Episode 2 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, even justify, American social inequalities as “natural.”
  • Session IV: The House We Live In – Episode 3 asks, 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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