Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multi-media Exploration of Race and Racism Through a Buddhist Lens

with Jan Willis

November 9th—November 11th (2018)

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  • $130 Program Price
  • $160 Patron Price
  • Or offer what you can afford
Room: Decatur


Sponsored by the Community Relations Committee

Friday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Under the skillful guidance of Professor Jan Willis, well-known scholar and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, this weekend course will be an intensive exploration of how a social construct (race), when used as a tool of discrimination that advantages one group over another (racism), inflicts tremendous harm and suffering. We will watch documentaries and other films, listen to rap and Broadway tunes, read specific pieces that explore how racism "feels" (James Baldwin, Debbie Irving, Claudia Rankin and others), and do exercises and meditations together--all aimed at having us recognize, reflect upon, and go deeper into this complex and painful phenomenon.

Everyone Is Welcome

Jan Willis is professor emerita of religion at Wesleyan University and is currently a visiting professor at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She has studied Buddhism with Tibetan teachers for more than forty years and is the author of the memoir Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist.


Our Generosity Policy

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have an “offer what you can afford” policy. If the program fee is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can.

For those who can offer more, we invite you to pay the Patron Price to help cover the costs for others who are not able to put forward the full price.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel less than 48 hours from the start of the program, your program fees will be credited towards another program, less a processing fee of $15.