For the enlightenment, advancement, and inspiration of its members
PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP
With the kind permission of
The Hoover Institution
Film talks of two Black American intellectuals – being two of the
finest minds on the planet – interviewed by Peter Robinson
1. Thomas Sowell
Discusses (among other things) …
Race: Economic Facts & Fallacies
2. Shelby Steele
Discusses (among other things) …
Race: Methods, Politics, Obama
Date: Monday October 03, 2011
Venue: Home of Prodos & Barboo, 153 Lennox Street, Richmond.
Food: Wholesome, healthy meals – only $12 each – served from 6.30 – 7.15 PM
7.30 PM start: Commencement of Films + Chaired discussion.
Who: Only registered PRODOS Film Study Group members and guests of members allowed. You can apply to join on the night. To join you need to agree with our purpose and pay the $2 annual fee.
Policy: Leaving straight after a film and therefore skipping the discussion goes against one of the conditions upon which our permission to screen these films is based.
9.30 PM end: Meeting concludes
Cost: No charge. But if you’d like to make a personal donation to Prodos that’s greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is a revised and expanded second edition of Economic Facts and Fallacies.
“Some things are believed because they are demonstrably true. But many other things are believed simply because they have been asserted repeatedly,” states Sowell in his latest book. Here, he demolishes some accepted “facts,” ranging from housing (“The biggest economic fallacy about housing is that ‘affordable housing’ requires government intervention”) to race and economics (“Race doesn’t account for difference in black-white income”) to race and culture (“the current fatherless families so prevalent among contemporary blacks are not a ‘legacy of slavery.'”)
Shelby Steele asserts that Barack Obama won the presidential election by successfully basing his candidacy on race, “Obama’s special charisma … always came … from the racial idealism he embodied. … This was his only true political originality.”
Steele holds that whites voted less for real “change” than for documentation of a change that has already occurred in race relations in America. But will four or eight years of Barack Obama free whites from the taint of racism or make them still more complicit in it?
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994. Steele has written widely on race in American society and the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations. In 2006, Steele received the Bradley Prize for his contributions to the study of race in America. In 2004, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. Steele is the author of White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era and most recently A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win.