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Filmmaker Shakti Butler Lecture to address White Privilege in America

Bethlehem, Pa., February 4, 2008— The topic of race and identity in America will be explored when filmmaker Shakti Butler visits Moravian College on Wednesday, February 6. Her film Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, which documents the stories of white men and women working to challenge notions of racism, will be screened at 4:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The film provides close and personal reflections onto their journeys of healing and transformation. Their conversations reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame into making solid commitments towards ending racial injustice. A lecture and dialogue will follow at 7:00 p.m. which is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Butler is producer and director of the groundbreaking documentaries The Way Home, and Light in the Shadows. She is an inspirational facilitator whose work emerges from years of self-exploration, commitment to social justice, and experience as a learner, lecturer and public speaker.  Butler’s work moves conversations beyond black and white and speaks to the interconnectedness of racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia.

Butler received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the School of Transformative Learning and Change. She holds an M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling from Bank Street College of New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude from City College of New York. She is also a contributing author to The New Entrepreneurs, an anthology on new paradigm business practices and learning.

Butler’s visit is part of the ongoing series on Hate presented by the Office of Institutional Diversity at Moravian College. For more information, call 610-861-1491.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.