This event will consist of a one-hour screening of the award-winning docuseries Race, The Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In (Part III), followed by a one-hour live-streamed panel discussion. The video and panel will explore issues of racial formation and citizenship as they unfolded in the early 20th Century in the US. They will examine the creation of “Whiteness” as a new racial category that collapsed diverse ethnic European immigrants into one group, replacing the focus on racialized differences between Europeans to differences between Whites and non-Whites. “Whiteness” became critical as the legal standard for full American citizenship excluded all people of color in the US including Japanese and South Asian populations. The video and panel will also consider the implications of Whiteness and racial discrimination in the construction of legalized housing segregation in post-War World II America. Housing discrimination helped create concentrated poverty in cities as well as the great wealth differentials between African Americans and Whites that persist today in neighborhoods and institutional segregation that constitute contemporary racial injustice. Finally, the discussion will turn to what can be done to dismantle systemic racism and economic inequality.

Expert panelists for the event include Jason Corburn (Professor of Public Health/City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley), Michael Omi (Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley), john a. powell (Director, Othering & Belonging Institute and Professor of Law, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley), and Leti Volpp (Professor of Law and Faculty Director at Center for Race & Gender at UC Berkeley) with moderator Rachel Morello-Frosch (Professor of Public Health/Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley).

To view the previous events in this series, as well as more details and resources, please visit the film website:

Film: 11:00 am – 12:00pm PT
Panel: 12:00 pm – 1:00pm PT

Sponsored by: Othering & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Center for Research on Social Change, Center for Race and Gender

Contact: Marc Abizeid,

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