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DATE: August 13, 2003

Race documentary to be screened

DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn's African and African American Studies Program, in conjunction with Detroit Public Television, will host an advance screening and panel discussion for the series "Matters of Race" from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 17 in Room 1030 of the campus's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, showcases the innovative four-hour television series about race, power, culture and identity in contemporary American society. The screening is supported in part by a Diversity Challenge grant administered by the Office of the Provost.

After the screening, filmmakers Danzy Senna and Phil Bertelsen will join UM-Dearborn faculty members to partake in a panel discussion about the series. Participating UM-Dearborn faculty members include humanities Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard, director of the African and African American Studies Program; Simboo Singh, assistant professor of sociology; English Prof. Poonam Arora, chair of the Department of Humanities; and Kevin Early, associate professor of sociology.

Refreshments will be served following the screening and panel discussion.

The full "Matters of Race" series will premiere on DPTV at 9 p.m. on September 23 and September 24, and air on more than 300 public television stations nationwide.

For more information on the UM-Dearborn screening, contact Smith Pollard at (313) 593-5213.

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