From The Diversity and Inclusivity Committee at Forsyth School:
We would like to share with you an upcoming opportunity sponsored by Forsyth School’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. Our events seek to foster awareness and understanding of each other so that we can nurture a community where everyone feels cared for and connected. This event continues to promote our Committee’s goal of reaching out to one another through safe conversation, to listen and learn, and to move forward as a community.
Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
Bob’s Tour: Understanding What We See
Monday, February 26th, 7:00pm
Forsyth School Rand Center
In this documentary, Washington University graduate Jun Bae profiles Bob Hansman, a beloved architecture professor at the school. The film provides an intimate look at Hansman and his insights into segregated St. Louis. The film follows Hansman as he takes his students on an unusual bus tour of our racially divided city — including Ferguson and the deliberately vanished neighborhood of Mill Creek Valley — offering an informative history of African-Americans in St. Louis. Crossing both physical boundaries and invisible structural divides within the city, the tour visits not only historically significant areas such as the notorious Pruitt-Igoe housing site but also more personal places such as Ivory Perry Park. As the tour unfolds, Hansman provides background on the historic patterns behind such ongoing problems as school inequity and housing segregation. By exploring a wide range of racial, sociocultural, and political issues in St. Louis, Hansman helps explain the sad decline of a major city that was once destined to be the capital of the United States.
Bob Hansman will be present after the documentary to lead a question and answer session for the participants.
Please note - this viewing is not intended for children. There are a few instances of strong language during the film.
This opportunity is free and open to the community but RSVPs are appreciated.
We have special permission to park in the church parking lot. There is no childcare for this event. We will also be collecting new school supplies and art materials for City Faces, a volunteer organization run by Bob Hansman and Washington University, in partnership with the the St. Louis Housing Authority. Feel free to bring a school supply or art material for this organization. Specific needs include lined paper, copy paper, construction paper, spiral notebooks, composition books, index cards, blue or black pens, #2 pencils, colored pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, dry-erase markers, glue sticks, scissors, or tape.