Date & Time: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Central Library
201 W Mifflin St.
Madison, WI

In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States. His question: How could a people who cherish freedom and fairness also create such a racially oppressive society? Published in 1944, “An American Dilemma” was cited in the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision to desegregate America’s schools.

Seventy years later, Myrdal’s question continues to challenge America –- how do we explain the disconnect between what we believe and what we practice in what some have called a “post-racial” America? American Denial juxtaposes past and present, shifting from Myrdal’s investigation –- and his own personal struggle with denial — and current stories of racial injustice that are often overlooked in our national insistence on the preeminence of the ideals of liberty, justice, and equality.

Directed by Llewellyn Smith and produced by Christine Herbes-Sommers, Smith, and Kelly Thomson, American Denial premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, February 23, 2015 (check local listings on PBS).

This event offers an exclusive preview of the documentary through a partnership with Community Cinema, and a post-film discussion with local racial equity and social justice leaders including Rev. Dr. Alex Gee, Jr. and UW History professor Steve Kantrowski. Learn more at

Event Cost: Free
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Sponsoring Organization(s): Community Cinema
Pre-Registration?: No
American Sign Language (ASL) Provided?: No
Event Website: Community Cinema

Last Updated : 01/30/2015