"Black Girl in Suburbia" Film Screenings and Panel Discussions

Apr 13, 2017, 5:30 pm to Apr 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

A Documentary by Melissa Lowery

After a screening of her award-winning documentary Black Girl in Suburbia, Melissa Lowery joins a panel of UO faculty (Thursday) and undergraduate students (Friday) to discuss what racial inclusivity means at predominantly white institutions—from K-12 schools to college classrooms. What classroom experiences support—and undermine—a sense of belonging and academic achievement for the students of color in our classrooms? How do faculty create conditions in which it’s possible for students to learn from one another across differences and allow for shifts in students' perspectives? These conversations are part of a two-day symposium focused on Lowery's 55-minute documentary film, which explores the experience of Black women who grew up in predominantly white communities around Oregon. Join us for this special chance to discuss the racial dynamics that shape academic environments in dialogues that will center the voices and experiences of faculty and students of color.  

Black Girl in Suburbia Screening and Q&A

Featuring Director Melissa Lowery in conversation with Sangita Gopal (Associate Professor, English), Lisa Mazzei (Associate Professor, Education Studies), Veratta Pegram-Floyd (Student Services Assistant Director, Cinema Studies), Doneka Scott (Associate Vice Provost for Student Success)

Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
282 Lillis Hall especially for UO students, open to the public
Free and open to the public

Black Girl in Suburbia Screening and Conversation about Inclusive Teaching

Featuring Director Melissa Lowery and UO Student Panel

Friday, April 14, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
129 McKenzie Hall especially for teachers
Free and open to the public

Learn more about the film:  http://www.blackgirlinsuburbia.com. Hosted by the English Department & Writing Composition Program with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Teaching Engagement Program, Oregon Humanities Center, English Department Diversity Committee, Folklore Department, Cinema Studies, Ethnic Studies, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, Division of Equity and Inclusion, EMU Center for Student Involvement's The Be Series, the Women of Color Faculty Group, and the Black Student Union