The Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, will hold a free documentary screening Thursday night and discussion following, related to its traveling exhibit, “RACE: Are We So Different?”
At 7 p.m., the 49-minute documentary “What’s Race Got to Do With It?” will be shown in the Giant Screen Theater, exploring issues such as under-representation, limitations of multiculturalism, social equity, affirmative action and how to make a difference, reflected by a diverse group of students in a 15-week dialogue program at University of California-Berkeley.
After the film, a group discussion on race in the community will be led by Monica Smith, Augustana College's first vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.
“ 'Envisioning Race' is going to be a thought-provoking event,” Michele Darland, the Putnam's relationship advancement director, said. “The event allows an opportunity for members of our community to dive deeper into subjects related to our current traveling exhibit,” which explores the subject through science, history and cultural studies, and runs through the first weekend of June.
“ 'RACE: Are We So Different?' has been a unique way to encourage thoughtful discussions about the impact of race in our current culture and community,” Darland said. “It’s exciting to host one final event centered around this important topic that has such a meaningful influence on our everyday lives.”