BU program takes on racism with humor

The Black-Jew Dialogues Immediate release: Aug. 31, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Actors Larry Jay Tish and Ron Jones will use comedy to illustrate the absurdity of prejudice and racism in "The Black-Jew Dialogues," being presented Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Bloomsburg University's Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

The program, open to the public free of charge, is sponsored by the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE) as part of Communities in Conversation about Race.

Tish and Jones will portray a variety of characters to help audience members understand methods of overcoming "feareotypes" or stereo¬types based on fear and lack of cross-cultural engagement.

Through humor, their dialogue will reveal the nature of prejudice and how people are separated by their inability to face bias.

CARE also is sponsoring a talk by author and educator Tim Wise, "Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity," Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, Lewisburg. The talk is free and open to the public.

Considered one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States, Wise recently was named one of Utne Reader's "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World."

He has spoken on issues related to racism on more than 600 college campuses in 49 states and to community groups across the U.S. and in Canada and Bermuda. A regular contributor to discussions on race on CNN, Wise is the author of five books and 25 essays.

Other upcoming programs in the series, open to the public free of charge, are:

Film, "Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity," Susquehanna University, Stretansky Hall, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

Community Dialogue Workshop on Race, Racism and White Privilege with Tanya O. Williams and Elaine K. Brigham, Bucknell University, Center Room, second floor, Elaine Langone Center, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Programs in the series are co-sponsored by BU, Bucknell and Susquehanna universities.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.