For a bit of extra credit, I invite you to watch this documentary film on Thursday night and offer a few comments to the class. The film, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall. Dain Perry and his wife, Constance, will screen the film, in which filmmaker Katrina Browne and nine of her cousins (including Dain) delve into the dark past of the slave trade that enriched their white New England family, the DeWolfs, and the legacy of slavery that continues to have a negative impact on the country to this day. The Perrys will also facilitate a conversation about race, reconciliation, and healing. The film was one of the few documentaries chosen from nearly 1,000 submissions to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. This event is sponsored by Wooster’s Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, in collaboration with St. James Episcopal Church and Wooster’s Department of Africana Studies.
See the film if you are free, by all means. If you would like some extra credit, please share your comments on the film and the discussion and any reflections you might have on what this illuminates about “Western Civilization.” (You can just add your comments to this blog post).