Prescreening of ‘The Reconstruction of Asa Carter’ to be held Oct. 13

BY AMY HODGES
Rice News staff

A prescreening of the documentary ‘The Reconstruction of Asa Carter’ followed by a panel discussion will be held Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. in Rice’s Herring Hall, Room 100.

The documentary, directed by Douglas Newman, traces the transformation of Asa Carter from a notorious segregationist to a Native American novelist.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Race Scholars and Office of Multicultural Community Relations at Rice along with Mouth Watering Media are hosting the screening.

“The documentary speaks directly to the mission of our organization, which is to engage the Rice community in a conversation that places race at the center,” said Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology and director of Race Scholars at Rice. “It explores an often uncomfortable question about what it means to be an authentic member of a racial community by looking at the journey of a man who entered public life first as a white segregationist and later, under a different name, as a celebrated Native American author.”

A panel discussion will follow the screening. Panelists will include Newman, the documentary’s director; Alex Byrd, associate professor of history at Rice; Laura Browder, the Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies at the University of Richmond; and Fay Yarbrough, associate professor of history at the University of Oklahoma.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the documentary, visit http://reconstructionofasacarter.com.

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