The Black Panthers: Vanguare of the Revolution (2015)
Summary: "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails."
The Seventies: Season 1 Episode 6 "Battle of the Sexes" (2015)
Summary: Episode 6 of this miniseries explores the shifting values on sexuality and gender, second-wave feminism, the Equal Rights Amendment, and LGBTQ rights in the 1970's.
The Freedom to Marry (2016)
Summary: "An award winning feature documentary that reveals the same sex marriage movement through the eyes of its leaders as they prepare for their final battle before the United States Supreme Court."
The Eighties: Season 1 Episode 4 "The Fight Against AIDS" (2016)
Summary: "The '80s witness the terrifying rise of a new disease that claimed countless lives, sparked bitter prejudices and shifted the cultural landscape."
They've Gotta Have Us (2018)
Summary: "The rise of black actors as they have gone from being the backdrop to calling the shots. This is the inside story of the turning points of black life on both sides of the lens, from Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, to the present day."
Project Chariot (2012)
Summary: In the late 1950s early 1960s, the US government proposed using nuclear explosions to form a harbor near Point Hope, Alaska. Although the harbor was never created due to the tireless work of Point Hope residents, conservationists, and allies, damage had already been done. Project Chariot explores the consequences of this endeavor and the aftermath of nuclear testing/contamination through the eyes of the people who it continues to affect.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020)
Summary: "In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” (a term no longer used) in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and make-out sessions awaiting everyone, and campers experienced liberation and full inclusion as human beings. Their bonds endured as many migrated West to Berkeley, California — a hotbed of activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions."
Aleut Story (2005)
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "In the turbulence of war, in a place where survival was just short of miraculous, the Aleuts of Alaska would redefine themselves -- and America. From indentured servitude and isolated internment camps, to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible story of the Aleuts' decades-long struggle for human and civil rights. Narrated by Martin Sheen and original music score by Composer Alan Koshiyama, the program draws compelling parallels to the present, as our country grapples with the challenging question of the balance between civil liberties and national security."
Picture a Scientist (2020)
Summary: "Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all."
Artist: Quinn Christopherson
Summary: "Quinn Christopherson is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq artist. He uses vulnerability to connect with those around him through songwriting. This video, filmed for the 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, takes place at the Anchorage Museum in front of a painting of Mt. Denali. The name “Denali” stems from the Athabaskan language, Koyukon."
Celebration: 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival Project
Presenter: Sealaska Heritage Institute
Summary: "SHI held the first Celebration in 1982 at a time when the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian were in danger of losing knowledge of their ancient songs, dances and stories and the meaning behind the crests depicted on their regalia and clan at.óowu (sacred objects). It was held at the urging of Elders, who worried the cultures were dying after a period of severe oppression, during which time Native people did not sing their songs and dance their dances in public. The first Celebration was meant to underscore the fact the cultures had survived for more than 10,000 years." "The first series includes performances by 16 dance groups documented over three days in February 1982 in Juneau. By 2022, SHI plans to digitize the rest of the Celebrations, which comprise more than 1,000 hours, and put the footage online." Watch the Celebration 1982 playlist on YouTube
TEDTalk: Why I love a country that once betrayed me
Presenter: George Takei
Summary: "When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a "security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy."
TEDTalk: The Enchanting music of sign language
Presenter: Christine Sun Kim
Summary: "Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language."
TEDTalk: Deaf in the military
Presenter: Keith Nolan
Summary: "Keith Nolan was told that he couldn’t enlist in the army because he was deaf -- but he didn’t take no for an answer. After he finally convinced a commander to let him audit ROTC classes, he proved himself a top student and earned his uniform. Although a standard military hearing test prevents him from enlisting, his continued fight has inspired many would-be soldiers with disabilities -- and a vigorous online campaign on his behalf."
How To Be An Antiracist
Presenter: Ibram X. Kendi
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi's incendiary polemic is stirring, provocative and impossible to ignore. Here he explains why it's not enough to simply say you're not racist."
BLF2017: Addressing Challenges and Opportunities to Diversity & Inclusion
Presenter: David Williams
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "David Williams, PhD, MPH, an internationally recognized authority on social influence on health, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of African and African American studies and sociology at Harvard University. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior, and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies. This presentation will provide an overview of scientific evidence regarding the levels and extent of inequality in the U.S. It will discuss theory and evidence regarding the influence of institutional, interpersonal, and individual factors that create these inequities. It also will describe promising, practical strategies that work to promote equity and build a culture of inclusion. And it will indicate that moving an equity, diversity and inclusion agenda forward is central to the personal and national interests of all Americans."
TEDxMU: The Importance of Intersectional Accessibility in Activism
Presenter: Hayden Kristal
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "Hayden Kristal is a Brooklyn-based former zookeeper who gave up a lucrative career in salamanders to pursue comedy and public speaking. Speaking on the topics of diversity and intersectionality, Hayden has spoken for colleges and organizations across the country, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and TEDx."
TEDxMidAtlantic: Our Fight for Disability Rights - And Why We're Not Done Yet
Presenter: Judith Heumann
Summary: "Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest -- and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do."
TEDTalk: How to Talk (and Listen) to Transgender People
Presenter: Jackson Bird
Summary: "Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans issues. And in this funny, frank talk, he clears up a few misconceptions about pronouns, transitioning, bathrooms and more."
How Traditional Tattoos are Connecting People to their Inuit Identities
Source: Indie Alaska
Summary: "Holly Nordlum and Sarah Whalen-Lunn are Traditional Inuit Handpoke and Skin Stitch Artists. They are working to revive the Inuit tradition and create a space for connection and healing within their Inuit community. INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The videos capture the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these stories present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska."
Equal Justice Initiative: Racial Justice
- Playlist: Slavery to Mass Incarceration
"The myth of racial difference created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved."
- Reconstruction in America
"Illustration of EJI's report, Reconstruction in America. The report documents nearly 2,000 more confirmed racial terror lynchings of Black people by white mobs in America than previously detailed, bringing the total number of confirmed lynchings to 6,500 with thousands more that may never be documented. The report examines the 12 years following the Civil War when lawlessness and violence perpetrated by white leaders created an American future of racial hierarchy, white supremacy, and Jim Crow laws—an era from which our nation has yet to recover."
- Terror Lynching in America
"Our history of racial terror casts a shadow across the U.S. landscape. We must engage it more honestly."
The History of White People in America
Summary: "The History of White People in America is a series of 16 animated, musical shorts that reveal the history of race in America — from the 17th century to the 21st. What color are you? Maybe the most important question in American history. When 60 Africans were taken to Jamestown, Virginia aboard a pirate ship in 1619, they were not “black.” The English there were not “white” and the indigenous peoples were not “red.” Race as we know it had not yet been invented. This is the story of how skin became color, color became race and race became power."
Racial Equity & Justice in Southeast Alaska 2020 Speaker Series
Presented by: University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus
Summary: "Six recorded sessions from the Racial Equity and Justice in Southeast Alaska Speaker Series 2020. This presentation is sponsored by the UAS Sitka Campus Title III Grant in partnership with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Social Services Department, SEARHC, the Sitka STEPS Grant, the Sitka Health Summit and Pathways Coalitions."
TEDMED 2017: How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situations
Presenter: Howard C. Stevenson
Summary: "Through racial literacy -- the ability to read, recast and resolve these situations -- psychologist Howard C. Stevenson helps children and parents reduce and manage stress and trauma. In this inspiring, quietly awesome talk, learn more about how this approach to decoding racial threat can help youth build confidence and stand up for themselves in productive ways."
TED Salon: Brightline Initiative - 3 Ways to Be a Better Ally in the Workplace
Presenter: Melinda Epler
Summary: "In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. 'There's no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,' she says. 'Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.'"
TEK Talks: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Talks
Summary: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Talks (TEK Talks) is a lecture series developed by two graduate students from UAF's Geophysical Institute (GI) and International Arctic Research Center (IARC). TEK Talks strive to foster understanding among scientists regarding working with Indigenous People.
Shine a Light: Promoting Conversation on Diversity
Presented by: UAF Northwest Campus, Department of Equity and Compliance, & Nanook Diversity & Action Center
Summary: "Northwest Campus, in partnership with UAF's Department of Equity and Compliance and Nanook Diversity & Action Center, is excited to announce a new speaker series, Shine a Light: Promoting Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The sessions seek to encourage understanding, build empathy, and engage us all in thinking critically about our world views. Join us on the last Monday of almost every month for a new speaker and topic."
Shine a Light has tackled a wide range of DEI topics including, Black history in Alaska, Alaska Native equity, anti-Asian racism, LGBTQ+ equality, colonialism, and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
For a complete list of speakers and recordings please visit the Shine a Light website.
Racial Justice 101
Presented by: NAACP and UAF NDAC
Summary: Racial Justice 101, hosted by the NAACP of Fairbanks and the Nanook Diversity and Action Center, is a series that "provides the community with an opportunity to learn about racial justice and how to practice antiracism in their lives."
Vist NAACP of Fairbanks' Facebook page to be notified of upcoming Racial Justice 101 events. Recordings of past events can be found on their website.
Conversation with Queer Civil Rights Attorney Ezra Young (Zoom recording)
Presented by: UAF LGBTQ+ Pride 2020
Summary: "Ezra Young is a nationally recognized civil rights attorney based in New York City, and part of the group that worked towards the landmark Supreme Court case on queer protections in the workplace in June 2020."
To Continue or Be Remembered: Perpetuating and Sharing Alaska Native Arts
Presented by: University of Alaska Fairbanks FRAME Film Production Services, KUAC-TV and UAF Native Arts Center
Summary: "To Continue or Be Remembered” a film showcasing the work of perpetuating Alaska Native Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks."
Beyond Land Acknowledgements Webinar
Presented by: Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center; Ayyu Qassataq (Iñupiaq);Kaaxúxgu Joe Nelson, JD (Lingít); Dr. Khaih Zhuu Charlene Stern (Gwich'in); Dr. Jessica Black (Gwich'in)
Summary: "In this special session, several Alaska Native educators engage participants in thoughtfully considering the role of higher education in the assimilation of Native students and extraction of Native knowledge to its own benefit, and uplift questions and ideas that help align efforts beyond land acknowledgements to the transformation of the relationship between universities and Native communities."
National Symposium on Transforming Trajectories for Women of Color in Tech 2022
Presented by: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Stories of Juneteenth: A Conversation with Ms. Opal Lee
Presented by: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Summary: "A webinar discussion with Ms. Opal that centers the history of Juneteenth in her life and focuses on her personal journey to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday. Ms. Opal will be joined by Harvard University professors Evelyn Hammonds and Annette Gordon-Reed; Gordon-Reed is also the author on the new book, On Juneteenth. Presented with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Research Science Association. "
Summary: "'Juneteenth:1865-2021' looks back at the meaning of Juneteenth and its history here in southeast Texas."
CSE Diversity and Inclusivity Moment Workshop
Presented by: College of Science and Engineering, UMN
Summary: "Learn what a D&I Moment is, how to incorporate it into you classrooms, meetings, or gatherings, and how to create a D&I Moment in this workshop offered by the College of Science and Engineering Diversity and Inclusivity Alliance."
Are you biased? I am
Presented by: TEDxBasel | Kristen Pressner
Summary: "What do you do when you realize you have a bias, even against yourself? Kristen Pressner is the Global Head of Human Resources at a multinational firm, and a tireless advocate for, and promoter of, women in the workplace. In this enlightening talk, Kristen explores how we can recognize our own hidden, irrational biases — and keep them from limiting us." (short clip from talk on how to check for bias)
On Diversity: Access Ain’t Inclusion
Presented by: TEDxCambridge | Anthony Jack
Summary: "Getting into college for disadvantaged students is only half the battle. Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reveals how and why they struggle and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive. He urges us to grapple with a simple fact: access is not inclusion."
Just belonging: finding the courage to interrupt bias
Presented by: TEDxYouth@KC | Kori Carew
Summary: "A moment of racial tension presents a choice. Will we be silent about implicit and unconscious bias, or will we interrupt bias for ourselves and others? Justice, belonging, and community are at stake."
Content warning: Racist and sexist slurs used used while recounting an instance of street harassment (9:19 - 9:28).
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Presented by: TED | Nadine Burke Harris
Summary: "Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer."
Project Pride (2020)
Presented by: Smithsonian Presents
Summary: "The Smithsonian’s Pride Alliance kicks off Pride month with Project Pride, a virtual concert and digital time capsule celebration of LGBTQ+ Heritage, Culture, and History featuring LGBTQ+ musicians, artists, and allies, as well as highlights from the Smithsonian collections."
The History of the African American Community in Fairbanks
Presented by: UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning | Dorothy Jones
Indian Horse (2017)
Summary: "In late 1950s Ontario, eight-year old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway (Anishnaabe) family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastime — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. Forced to confront his painful past, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing."
Hidden Figures (2017)
Summary: "Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the space race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations."
Just Mercy (2020)
Recommended by: Carla Browning
Summary: “Just Mercy is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them."
Reservation Dogs (2021)
Summary: "From Co-Creators and Executive Producers Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs is a half-hour comedy that follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma who steal, rob and save in order to get to the exotic, mysterious and faraway land of California. Filmed on location in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Reservation Dogs is a breakthrough in Indigenous representation on television both in front of and behind the camera. Every writer, director and series regular on the show is Indigenous. This first-of-its-kind creative team tells a story that resonates with them and their lived experiences – and invites audiences into a surprisingly familiar and funny world."