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An East Coast Reckoning

An East Coast Reckoning

You’re invited to take part in a multi-city conversation about some of the hardest-hitting issues facing communities on the east coast. 

On July 28th we will be co-hosting a screening of the documentary “A Reckoning in Boston.” The film details the transformational process of understanding the role the humanities play in communities impacted by systemic inequality: 

White suburban filmmaker James Rutenbeck came to the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester to document students’ engagement with the Clemente Course in the Humanities – a teaching program designed for those who have experienced homelessness, transitioned out of incarceration, or faced barriers to a college education. The Clemente mission is to foster critical thinking through deep engagement with the humanities that is intended to make students fuller and freer citizens. 

But over time James is forced to come to terms with a flawed film premise and his own complicity in racist structures. As he spends time with students Carl and Kafi, he’s awakened to the violence, racism and gentrification that threaten their very place in the city. 

After the film screening, there will be a moderated discussion with director James Rutenbeck and producer/subject Kafi Dixon. 


On July 29th activists and grassroots organizers from Wilmington, Philadelphia, and Baltimore will come together in a virtual roundtable conversation to discuss some of the parallels between the systemic issues brought up in the film and those present in their own cities. It is not necessary to have seen the film to attend this event, but it is strongly encouraged! 


Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for each event. This event is co-hosted by Delaware Humanities, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and Maryland Humanities.