Proctors to host discussion on racial progress and "The Birth of a Nation"

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By: Maura Driscoll '15

In October, Proctors Theater screened D.W. Griffith’s 1915 Civil War epic “The Birth of a Nation” as part of Film 100: The American Film Institute Essentials, and on Monday, Nov. 24 a community dialogue on the film and racial progress will be hosted at 7 p.m.

Filmmakers, producers, historians and sociologists will lead the discussion on the film’s historical, provocative and racist depictions of African Americans and connect the material to today’s society, media and popular culture.

Dr. Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of the Africana Studies Program will be one of the individuals leading the conversation in addition to professors from The College of Saint Rose, filmmaker Bhawin Suchak and President and CEO of Proctors, Philip Morris. Gretchel Hathaway, the chief diversity officer and Title IX Coordinator at Union will host the event with Shai L. Butler, the associate vice president for Student Success and chief diversity officer at The College of Saint Rose.

A reception will follow the discussion at 8:30 p.m., and admission is free to this event. For more information, visit or call (518) 346-6204.