RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY / Friday, Oct. 2, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. / Topic: “The Past is Prologue”


Friday, Oct. 2, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Topic: “The Past is Prologue

Cultural Credit Eligible Event

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Please join us at our new time this Friday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. for the sixth panel of the series: “The Past is Prologue: Confronting the Classics on Race, Gender and Identity.” This panel will feature Dr. Julia Schmitt, Chair of the Creative Arts Department at Stetson. Joining Dr. Schmitt will be her students who have produced a series of videos that use classic works of literature to confront issues central to contemporary life. The videos will consist of three installations themed around the issues of race, gender and identity.

Each of the three virtual episodes will debut Oct. 8, Oct. 15  & Oct. 22, respectively – links will be posted at Stetson University’s Creative Arts Theatre webpage, and the Second Stage Theatre at Stetson University Facebook page. These productions will include classic monologues, such as those written by Shakespeare, that are performed alongside student writings. These student-generated works aim to expose and dismantle the pervasive effects of privilege stemming from the systemic oppression experienced and prevalent in our contemporary society. Expanding their work on the relationship between prologue and privilege, we engage the question, “How do stories from the past, shape stories of the present?”

RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, is a weekly, one-hour discussion hosted by Sociologist Dr. Sharmaine Jackson and sponsored by the Africana Studies Program. Delivering to viewers extraordinary perspectives on current events and accomplishments unfolding in, and around our community, this series takes a deep dive into race by delivering stories that engage us on issues related to Black lives and racial justice.