BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The 2017 documentary “The Talk: Race in America will be discussed Oct. 29 as part of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business’ yearlong series on diversity, equity and inclusion, “The Commons.”
Director Sam Pollard’s film documents the difficult and increasingly common conversations between Black and Latinx parents and their children about interacting with police. Kelley Dean Idalene “Idie” Kesner will lead a virtual discussion of the film beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Registration is required and is limited to members of the Kelley family at IU Bloomington and IUPUI. Participants are encouraged to watch the film beforehand. Anyone can watch the two-hour film online and free of charge through PBS’ website.
As millions of Americas engaged in a national conversation about race this summer, particularly after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, PBS re-aired the documentary.
The film is presented in six segments, each produced by a different filmmaker, and set in a community across the country affected by violence. It opens in Cleveland with Samaria Rice, whose 12-year-old son Tamir was killed by police while playing with a toy gun. But it also explores cases that garnered less national coverage. It also features a segment told sympathetically from the perspective of officers who put themselves at risk on a daily basis.
Panelists will include:
- Jeannine Bell, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, IU Maurer School of Law. Bell is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of policing, hate crimes, and criminal justice issues. She has written several books and articles on criminal investigation and treatment of minorities by police.
- Arthur Andrew Lopez,clinical professor of business law and ethics, Kelley School of Business. Before joining academia, Lopez worked extensively in the federal government. His areas of expertise include ethical decision making, civil rights and social justice, and employment discrimination.
- Martin McCrory, associate professor of business law and previously IU associate vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and IU Bloomington vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity.
- John Vinson, captain of operations at Indiana University Police Department, Bloomington Division. Vinson holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has previously served as an adjunct faculty member who has published academic research and participated in various research projects. His other experiences include working with public and private agencies in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, building community partnerships, strategic planning, change management, organizational analysis, leadership development and team building.