“Still Black at Yale” documentary film to be shown at Vanderbilt University Oct. 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Still Black at Yale, a 2004 documentary film that looks at issues of race on the campus of one of the world’s leading higher education institutions, will be shown at Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

The filmmakers, 2004 Yale University graduates Andia Winslow and Monique Walton, will be on hand for a discussion of the film following the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

Winslow’s and Watson’s film is a follow-up to a 1974 documentary film done by black students at Yale who wished to chronicle their experiences. The latest film explores similar themes as the original – the complexities of being a black student at a predominately white, Ivy League institution and the challenges black students face on campus and in the local community. The film also documents that, despite a 30-year gap between the two films, students say that race and racism continue to be a significant issue both in American society and on the campus of Yale.

Another issue explored in the film is varying definitions of “blackness” and how black students perceive themselves as individuals within Yale’s black community.

Winslow holds a degree in sociology and interdisciplinary focus in film studies from Yale and is the first African American to play varsity Ivy League golf. While at Yale, Watson majored in Latin American studies, focusing on Brazilian racial and socio-economic disparities.

For more information about the film screening and panel discussion, please call Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at 615-322-2524.

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Media Contact: Princine Lewis, (615) 322-NEWS

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