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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee will host a panel discussion on the PBS Series “Race: The Power of an Illusion” at 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the University Center Auditorium.

The event is part of the National League of Cities’ Race Equality Week to spotlight and eliminate racism and showcase what cities across the country are doing to promote racial equality.

It is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Dean of Students office, Student Government Association and Black Cultural Programming Committee.

The program includes brief segments of the PBS video series and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Faye Harrison, UT anthropology professor and consultant to PBS for the series.

The panel will include: Fran Ansley, UT law professor; Asafa Jalata, associate professor of sociology; Loida Velazquez, adjunct professor of education and director of the college’s high school equivalency program; Tim Wise, civil rights consultant from Nashville; and Winston Williams, UT law student.

A reception in the University Center Crest Room will follow the program.

UT’s Black Cultural Programming Committee and the Student Government Association will host the discussion.

Other Race Equality Week events include:

Event Launch at Study Circle with city and county mayors, Beck Cultural Center,
1927 Dandridge Avenue 10 a.m., Sept. 29.

Housing Equality Forum: “A Platinum Overview-Past, Present, and Future” at 9 a.m., Oct. 1, at the Luke T. Ross Center, 2247 Western Ave., sponsored by Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities.

Java Jam Poetry Slam, 8-10 p.m., Oct. 2, UT Black Cultural Center.

NCCJ Community Forum on “Faith vs. Fear, Hope vs. Hate: Interfaith Responses to Racism” at noon, Oct. 2, Candy Factory, Community Room, World-s Fair Park.

Hispanic Heritage Month Festival, noon-5 p.m., Oct. 4, University Center Plaza.