SCC to Celebrate Black History Month

January 10, 2013

St. Charles Community College will host a series of events in honor of Black History Month. The events include film and documentary showings, a panel discussion, a lecture, lunchtime trivia and more. All events are free and open to the public.

The Human Race Experience

The documentary “Race-The Power of Illusion: The Difference Between Us (Episode 1)” will be shown at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. This episode shows that despite what we have always believed, the world’s people simply don’t come bundled into distinct biological groups.

The documentary “Race-The Power of Illusion: The Story We Tell (Episode 2)” will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. This episode traces the origins of the racial idea to the European conquest of the New World and to the American slave system – The first ever where all the slaves shared similar physical traits and a common ancestry.

The documentary “Race-The Power of Illusion: The House We Live In (Episode 3)” will be shown at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. If race does not exist biologically, what is it? And why should it matter? This final episode focuses not on individual attitudes and behavior, but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others.

Each documentary will be shown in the Social Sciences Building Auditorium. Following each film, there will be discussion about race led by associate professor of sociology, Vicky Herbel. For more information, contact Vicky Herbel.

On Monday-Friday, Jan. 28-Feb. 1, in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Science Building lounge, a Human Race Experience kiosk will be set up to encourage one to consider race, racism and identity in a new light.

"A Lot Like You” Film Showing

The film “A Lot Like You” will be shown at noon-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. The film will be followed up with a question and answer discussion with Eli Kimaro, the director and writer of the film. Free popcorn will be provided, and other concession items will be available for purchase at the film showing.

“A Lot Like You” is about a first-generation American who goes in search of her identity and discovers that the cycle of gender violence she’s been working hard to break in the U.S. is part of her history and culture on another continent. The film raises questions about the cultures we inherit and what we choose to pass down, and reveals how bearing witness can break silences that have lasted lifetimes.

Eli Kimaro Lecture

Eli Kimaro will speak about her experiences at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building.

“We are so excited to be able to not only show this film, but have Eli here to speak about her experiences. This will be a great part of our lineup for Black History Month,” said Kelley Pfeiffer, coordinating counselor of student activities.

“More Than a Month” Documentary Showing

Should Black History be honored only in February? Should heritage months be recognized at all? The PBS documentary “More Than A Month” offers perspective on the topic, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Grace Moser, assistant professor of history at SCC. This event is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building.

Lunchtime trivia

Black History Month themed Trivia will be conducted at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Café-Bookstore.

For more information on SCC’s Black History Month events, contact Mandi Smith at 636-922-8469 or

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit

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