Follow the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States’ racial psyche becomes a lens for modern inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. (Run time: 1 hour)
This screening will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Anthony Arrington, Director of Communications for the Cedar Rapids School District.
Doors open at 5 PM. The screening will begin at 5:30.
About the Series:
Museums have, more recently, been challenged with lending a voice to issues of social justice (and injustice). The African American Museum of Iowa recognizes this charge and understands the Museum’s growing role in its responsibility to demonstrate history’s direct impact on our present societal culture and climate. By screening these important documentaries, we are opening the door to honest dialogue, discovery, reflection, and even resolution. Documentaries can offer authentic and untold stories that can serve to fill gaps, expose truth and give a deeper meaning. We hope you will join us at the Cedar Rapids Public Library for these real conversations.