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Pomona College Presents Annual Ena H. Thompson Lecture Series "Film, Race, and History"

“Film, Race, and History” is the focus of the 2007 Ena H. Thompson Lecture Series at Pomona College. From April 4-7 award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson and pioneering historian David Roediger will be on campus for a week of talks, film screenings, discussions and other events that will explore how U.S. society has grappled with some of its most vexing social issues.

Stanley Nelson is one of the preeminent film directors of documentaries on African American history. A MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellowship winner, his work regularly appears in festivals, theaters and on PBS.

David Roediger is a historian of race and labor in the U.S. His work on whiteness and class has advanced an entire field of historical and critical race studies. The author of eight books—including the forthcoming Race Making Nation: How Race Survived United States History—and dozens of articles, he is a professor of history and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The schedule of the series is as follows:

Wed., April 4

4:15 p.m. Lecture: David Roediger, "The House I Live In: Dilemmas of Anti-Racism"
6:30 p.m. Screening: The House I Live In (1945) and The Defiant Ones (1969)

Thurs., April 5

4:15 p.m. Lecture: Stanley Nelson: "Jonestown and the Making of Documentary Film"
6:30 p.m. Screening: Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple (2006)

Sat., April 7

The Films of Stanley Nelson
9:30 a.m. Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001)
11:00 a.m. Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (2005)
12:30 p.m. The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (1999)
2:00 p.m. A Place of Our Own (2004)
3:30 p.m. The Murder of Emmett Till (2003)
5:00 p.m. Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple (2006)

This series is sponsored by the Pomona College History Department. All events will be held at the Smith Campus Center in either Rose Hills Theatre, or, where noted, Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information, contact: (909) 607-3075.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.