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By Eboo Patel and Patrice Brodeur
About: Violence committed by religious young people has become a regular feature of our daily news reports. What we hear less about are the growing numbers of religious young people from all faith backgrounds who are committed to interfaith understanding and cooperation. Building the Interfaith Youth Movement is the first book to describe this important phenomenon. Contributions include concrete descriptions of various interfaith youth projects across the country—from an arts-program in the South Bronx, to a research program at Harvard University, to a national organization called the Interfaith Youth Core based in Chicago—written by the founders and leaders of those initiatives. Additional chapters articulate the theory and methodology of this important new movement. This book is a must-read for college chaplains, religious leaders who work with youth, and students and scholars of contemporary religion. Available at:

Radio: "We Are Each Other's Business"
By Eboo Patel on NPR's "This I Believe" program

Radio: "Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young"
Interview with Eboo Patel on American Public Media's "Speaking of Faith"
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Film: "Three Faiths, One God: Islam, Christianity, Judaism"
By Auteur Productions
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Film: "Muslim Spain: One Land, Three Faiths"
By Unity Productions Foundation
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Film: "What Do You Believe?"
By Sarah Feinbloom
The "What Do You Believe?" Project was conceived in 1998 in order to promote tolerance and understanding among American teenagers from different religious and spiritual backgrounds. 200 teenagers have been interviewed for this project, and their beliefs and experiences are incorporated in a unique 49-minute educational documentary.
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Book: "Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain"
By Maria Rosa Menocal

Book: "The Fire Next Time"
By James Baldwin

Book: "Good Makes the Rivers Flow" - by Eknath Easwaran -- This book is a collection of different sacred texts (including poetry) and provides the opportunity to review short selections and select appropriate pieces for the grade level intended.


Book titles are in alphabetical order. Narrow your search by using the "Find Function" (Press Control then "F") with one of the following Focus phrases.

 Bullying  Gender studies   Racial isolation
 Class systems   Hmong-American culture  School segregation in the United States 
 Comparative religion  Homophobia   Science & religion
 Cultural appropriation  Independent schools  Self-esteem
 Decision-making & problem solving  LGBT  Self-identity
 Disaster relief  Native Americans   Service learning
 Discrimination & racism   Pedagogy  Sexual orientation
 Diversity  Personal transformation   Stereotypes
 Diversity training  Poverty  Urban popular culture
 Education  Race and religion  Urban poverty
 Ethics  Race relations  White privilege
   Racial identity  

35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap (2008) by Maura Cullen
Focus: Diversity training
Synopsis: identifying the best-intended statements that often widen the diversity gap sometimes causing irreparable harm personally and professionally, this concise guide is essential to becoming more effective, inclusive and diversity-smart in your communication with others.

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation (2010) by Eboo Patel
Focus: Comparative religion
Synopsis: a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, advocating interfaith work that unites young people of different religions to perform community service and explore their common values.

Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (2003) by Sonia Nieto
Focus: Race relations; pedagogy
Synopsis: explores the meaning, necessity, and benefits of multicultural education for students of all backgrounds with actual case studies.

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation (1996) by Jonathon Kozol
Focus: Urban poverty; racial isolation
Synopsis: in the poorest urban neighborhood of the United States, meet devoted and unselfish teachers, dedicated ministers, and — at the heart and center of the book —courageous and delightful children who defy the stereotypes of urban youth.

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves (2010) by Louise Derman Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards.
Focus: Race relations; pedagogy
Synopsis: practical guidance to confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias with tips for helping staff and children respect each other, themselves, and all people.

Bamboo Among The Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans (2002) by Mai Neng Moua
Focus: Hmong-American culture
Synopsis: an anthology that features the work of 23 Hmong writers, who share their perspectives on being Hmong in America while preserving ethnic traditions, battling with the dominant culture, negotiating generational conflicts, and developing new identities in multiracial America.

Black Ice (1992) by Lorene Cary
Focus: Independent schools; racial identity
Synopsis: memoir that describes the perils and ambiguities of succeeding without selling out, in which failing calculus and winning a student election could both be interpreted as betrayals of one's skin. 

Black Like Me  (1961) by John Howard Griffin
Focus: Race Relations; discrimination & racism
Synopsis: the chronicle of a white man who darkened the color of his skin and crossed the line into a country of hate, fear, and hopelessness - the country of the American Black man.

Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994) by Tricia Rose
Focus: Urban popular culture
Synopsis: a comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of this highly rhythmic, rhymed storytelling that grapples with the most salient issues and debates that surround it from urban cultural politics to the complex sexual politics of rap.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) by Malcolm Gladwell
Focus: Decision-making & problem solving; personal transformation
Synopsis: a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. It attempts to explain the way we understand the world within while and why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others.

Boy v. Girl? How Gender Shapes Who We Are, What We Want, and How We Get Along (2002) by George Abrahams & Sheila Ahlbrand
Focus: Gender studies
Synopsis: nearly 2,000 teens and preteens reveal what gender means in kids' everyday lives, inviting young readers to examine the issues, weigh the facts, and overcome gender barriers to make the most of friendships, school, extracurricular activities, and the future.

Boys Without Names (2011) by Kashmira Sheth
Focus: Urban poverty; class systems
Synopsis: a novel suitable for ages 8 and up, this story centers on child labor in India and the power of story and the oral tradition to build trust and cohesion within a group as they face adversity together.

Can We Talk About Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007) by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Focus: School segregation in the United States
Synopsis: issues a warning call about the increasing but underreported resegregation of America and points out that schools can be key institutions for forging connections across the racial divide.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation (2005) by Jeff Chang
Focus: Urban popular culture
Synopsis: a look back on 30 years of the cultural landscape, with a particular focus on the African-American street scene, hip-hop gave voiceless youths a chance to address the seismic changes around them.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (2011) by Peggy Orenstein
Focus: Gender studies
Synopsis: offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at every turn as they grow into adults and as the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as the source of female empowerment..

Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School (2005) by Mica Pollock
Focus: Race relations; pedagogy
Synopsis: discusses the role race plays in everyday and policy talk while demonstrating that anxiously suppressing race words (being what the author terms "colormute") can also cause educators to reproduce the very racial inequities they abhor.

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (2006) by Michael Eric Dyson
Focus: Disaster relief; race relations
Synopsis: examines what Hurricane Katrina reveals about the fault lines of race and poverty in America.

The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action (2004) by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Focus: Service learning; pedagogy
Synopsis: the go-to resource in the fast-growing field of service learning with activities, ideas, quotes, reflections, and resources presented within a curricular context and organized by theme.

Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2007) by Kwame Anthony Appiah 
Focus: Diversity; ethics
Synopsis: challenging separatist doctrines and reviving the ancient philosophy of “cosmopolitanism,” the author sees the promise of a new era in which warring factions will put aside their ideological differences and recognize the fundamental values held by all human beings.

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (2010)
by Cordelia Fine
Focus: Gender studies
Synopsis: drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, the author  debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, giving a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender.

Diversity and Complexity (2010) by Scott E. Page
Focus: Diversity
Synopsis: a concise primer on how diversity happens, how it is maintained, and how it affects complex systems by making fundamental contributions to system performance and driving  novelty and innovation.

The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium (2003) by Joseph L. Graves Jr.
Focus: Race relations; discrimination & racism
Synopsis: tracing the development of biological thought about human genetic diversity, using Greek philosophy, social Darwinism, New World colonialism, the eugenics movement, intelligence testing biases, and racial health fallacies with a lens of critical analysis.

Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in Schools (2008) by Mica Pollock
Focus: Race relations; pedagogy
Synopsis: leading experts offer concrete and realistic strategies for dealing with race in schools, offering invaluable and effective advice ranging from using racial incidents as teachable moments to valuing students' home worlds, dealing daily with achievement gaps, and helping parents fight ethnic and racial misconceptions about their children.

The Fall of Rome (2002) by Martha Southgate
Focus: Independent schools; racial identity
Synopsis: a compelling, provocative novel of how race and class ensnare both students and faculty in an elite all-boys boarding school in Connecticut.

The Fire Next Time (1963) by James Baldwin
Focus: Race relations; race and religion
Synopsis: contains two essays examining the central role of race in American history and the relations between race and religion.

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies (1996) by Ellen Bass & Kate Kaufman
Focus: LGBT; sexual orientation
Synopsis: gay, lesbian and bisexual youth share their joy and their pain, their hopes and fears, talking about how to come out, make healthy choices about relationships and sex, the formidable obstacles they have faced and overcome, and the exciting opportunities they have discovered.

God is not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter (2010) by Stephen Prothero
Focus: Comparative religion
Synopsis: a fresh and provocative argument that, contrary to popular understanding, all religions are not simply different paths to the same end … and why for good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world.

The History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (1994) by Karen Armstrong
Focus: Comparative religion
Synopsis: traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present, from classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism.

I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World (1998) by Marguerite Wright
Focus: Racial identity; self-esteem
Synopsis: teaches us that the color-blindness of early childhood can, and must, be taken advantage of in order to guide the positive development of a child's self-esteem.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) by Rebecca Skloot
Focus: Race relations; class systems
Synopsis: the true story Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line known as HeLa, journeys from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins in the 1950s to today’s laboratory freezers full of HeLa cells, while her children and grandchildren struggle with the ethical legacy of her cells.

The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity (2009) by Andrés T. Tapia
Focus: Diversity
Synopsis: reveals how in these times of unprecedented peril and opportunity, diversity's demographic tsunami is accelerating today's social, economic, and political tectonic shifts and makes the case for making inclusion relevant for all, including the white male.

Invisible Man (1952) by Ralph Ellison
Focus: Racial identity
Synopsis: describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to his basement lair.

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living (2010) by Dan Savage & Terry Miller
Focus: LGBT; bullying; self-esteem
Synopsis: a collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people, because while many bullied LGBT teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can.

Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams (2005) by Alfred Lubrano
Focus: Class systems
Synopsis: the stories behind achieving the American Dream: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes now living white-collar lives, where the values of the working class are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, and unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values.

The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (2008) by Abby Ferber, Christina Jimenez, Andrea Herrera, Dena Samuels
Focus: Class systems; gender studies; education
Synopsis: written from four different disciplinary backgrounds, this reader promotes a commitment to an intersectional approach to teaching race, class, gender and sexuality – highlighting the duality effects of privilege and oppression on our lives.

Middlesex (2007) by Jeffrey Eugenides
Focus: Sexual orientation; self-identity
Synopsis: breathtaking novel about three generations of a Greek-American family with a guilty secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns narrator Callie into Cal.

The Misfits (2003) by James Howe
Focus: Diversity; bullying; self-esteem
Synopsis: encourages preteens and teens to celebrate their individuality as it describes preadolescent stereotyping and the devastating effects of degrading labels.

Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul (2007) by Edward Humes
Focus: Science & religion; education
Synopsis: a dramatic story of faith, science, and courage takes you behind the scenes of the recent war on evolution in Dover, Pennsylvania, when the town's school board decision to confront the controversy head-on thrust its students, then the entire community, onto the front lines of America's culture wars.

"Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children (2012) by Lisa Delpit
Focus: Race relations; education
Synopsis: reflects on the last fifteen years of educational reform efforts that have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement is not for them - a passionate reminder that there is no achievement gap at birth.

The New Gay Teenager (2006) by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
Focus: LGBT; sexual orientation
Synopsis: filled with the voices of young people speaking for themselves, this book argues that the standard image of depressed, isolated, suicidal gay youth may have been exaggerated even twenty years ago, and is far from accurate today.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2002) by Barbara Ehrenreich
Focus: Class systems; poverty
Synopsis: an undercover expose from the viewpoint of the unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity, as the author attempts to prove that a job - any job - can be the ticket to a better life and provides a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom.

The Other Wes Moore (2010) by Wes Moore
Focus: Class systems; race relations
Synopsis: the story of two kids named Wes Moore, born blocks apart within a year of each other, who traveled very different life paths; alternating narratives of loss and redemption attempt to explain the different outcomes.

Playing Indian (1998) by Philip J. Deloria
Focus: Cultural appropriation; Native Americans
Synopsis: a provocative exploration of the ways non-Indian Americans have acted out their fantasies about Indians in order to experience national, modern, and personal identities, while Native Americans have been embraced and rejected, frequently humiliated and occasionally empowered.

Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (2011) by Shamus Rahman Khan
Focus: Class systems; independent schools
Synopsis: an inside look at an institution that has been the private realm of the elite for the past 150 years and how St. Paul's students continue to learn what they always have - how to embody privilege while learning to succeed in a more diverse environment.

Reservation Blues (1995) by Sherman Alexie
 Focus: Cultural appropriation; Native Americans
Synopsis: a fresh, luxuriantly comic tale of power, tragedy, and redemption among contemporary Native Americans; a magical odyssey them from reservation bars to small-town taverns, from the cement trails of Seattle to the concrete canyons of Manhattan.

Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life (1996) by Betty Berzon
Focus: LGBT; homophobia
Synopsis: offers advice and strategies for coping with and understanding homophobia when encountered in the workplace, in family relationships, in casual settings or anywhere else.

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America (2005) by Jonathon Kozol
Focus: School segregation in the United States
Synopsis: describes how, in the United States, black and Hispanic students tend to be concentrated in schools where they make up almost the entire student body.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (1997) by Anne Fadiman
Focus: Hmong-American culture
Synopsis: chronicles the struggles of a Hmong refugee family and their interactions with the health care system in California.

Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2007) by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, Pat Griffin
Focus: Diversity; pedagogy
Synopsis: the definitive sourcebook of theoretical foundations and curricular frameworks for social justice teaching provide teachers and facilitators with an accessible pedagogical approach to issues of oppression in classrooms.

There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America  (1992) by Alex Kotlowitz
Focus: Urban poverty; racial isolation
Synopsis: a moving and powerful account of two remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's  Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex  disfigured by crime and neglect.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (2011) by Annette Lareau
Focus: Class systems; race relations
Synopsis: drawing on in-depth observations of black and white middle-class, working-class, and poor families, the author demonstrates the power, and limits, of social class in shaping the lives of America's children.

Unraveling the “Model Minority” Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth (2009) by Stacey J. Lee
Focus: Discrimination & racism; race relations
Synopsis: a comprehensive update of social science research to reveal the ways in which the larger structures of race and class play out in the lives of Asian American high school students, especially regarding presumptions around their educational experiences.

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (2002) by Paul Kive
Focus: Discrimination & racism; white privilege
Synopsis: moves beyond the definition and unlearning of racism to address the many areas of privilege for white people and suggests ways for individuals and groups to challenge the structures of racism.

We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools (2006) by Gary Howard
Focus: Race relations; pedagogy
Synopsis: outlines what good teachers know, what they do, and how they embrace culturally responsive teaching to facilitate and deepen the discussion of race and social justice in education.

What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue (2008) by Steve L. Robbins
Focus: Diversity
Synopsis: delivers a highly creative and innovative new way to explore the issues that dominate today's multicultural, multiethnic workplace with added tips and suggestions for putting these key learnings into action.

When Religion Becomes Evil (2002) by Charles Kimball
Focus: Comparative religion
Synopsis: examines the role of religion in the world and when it defects from its original purpose. With claims that religion is basically necessary and positive, the author ascribes several warning signs for when religions can become dangerous.

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us (2010) by Claude M. Steele
Focus: Stereotypes; self-esteem
Synopsis: groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity that show, again and again, that exposing subjects to stereotypes often impairs their performance in the area affected by the stereotype and that the negative effects of 'stereotype threat' can be mitigated.

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (2007) by Tim Wise
Focus: Discrimination & racism; white privilege
Synopsis: offers a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism (2004) by Paula Rothenburg
Focus: Discrimination & racism; white privilege
Synopsis: contains essays that explore the other side of racism - the ways in which some people or groups actually benefit, deliberately or inadvertently, from racial bias.

Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (2005) by Michael K. Brown, Martin Carnoy, Elliott Currie, Troy Duster, David B. Oppenheimer, Marjorie M. Schultz, David Wellman
Focus: Race relations; discrimination & racism; white privilege
Synopsis: a cool, clear, and informed perspective on racial discrimination that scrutinizes the logic and evidence behind the widely held belief in a color-blind society - and provides an alternative explanation for continued racial inequality in the United States.

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (2003) by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Focus: Racial identity; race relations
Synopsis: asserts that we do not know how to talk about our racial differences and emphasizes that straight talk about our racial identities - whatever they may be - is essential if we are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides.

The Working Poor: Invisible in America (2004) by David K. Shipler
Focus: Class systems; poverty
Synopsis: a book with anecdotes and life stories that illustrates the struggles the working poor face while attempting to escape poverty and unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages.

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Film, Television, Documentary

Titles are in alphabetical order. Narrow your search by using the "Find Function" (Press Control then "F") with one of the following Focus phrases:

Asian Americans Gender studies  Racial identity
Class systems  Homophobia Racial isolation
Cultural appropriation Humor  Racial profiling
Decision-making & problem solving Immigrant experience  School segregation in the United States 
Discrimination & racism  Independent schools Self-esteem
Diversity Language Self-identity
Diversity training LGBT Sexual orientation
Documentary Native Americans  Stereotypes
Dyslexia Personal transformation  Transgender
Education Poverty Urban popular culture
Ethics Race and religion White privilege
Film Race relations  

American Promise (2013) by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
Focus: Documentary; Education; Race relations
Synopsis: Filmmakers follow their son and his best friend through the U.S. educational system. Though both boys start out at the prestigious Dalton School, circumstances later force one into a public high school.

American Tongues (1988) by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker.
Focus: Documentary; Diversity; Humor; Language
Synopsis: This sometimes hilarious film uses the prism of language to reveal our attitudes about the way other people speak. From Boston Brahmins to Black Louisiana teenagers, from Texas cowboys to New York professionals, the film elicits funny, perceptive, sometimes shocking, and always telling comments on American English in all its diversity.

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2006) by Byron Hurt
Focus: Documentary; Diversity; Homophobia; Gender Studies; Urban popular culture
Synopsis: A fan of hip-hop discusses gender politics of hip-hop and tackles the issues of the homophobia, violence, masculinity and sexism in today’s urban music. It is a thoughtful analysis of stereotypical video images and hurtful lyrics in discussion with the leading artists of the genre.

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia (2012) by James Redford
Focus: Documentary; Dyslexia
Synopsis:  An examination of how dyslexia affects youths and their families through the experiences of four dyslexic students and the work of Drs. Salley and Bennett Shaywitz.

Black Irish (2007) by Brad Gann
Focus: Film; Diversity; Personal transformation; Self-esteem
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Cole tries to keep his life together while his parents wallow in an unhappy marriage and his brother tries to lure him into criminal behavior. A talented 
baseball pitcher, Cole overcomes self-doubt and family indifference to fight his way into the state championships.

Boy I Am (2006) by Sam FederJulie Hollar
Focus: Documentary; LGBT; Sexual orientation; Transgender
Synopsis: A feature-length documentary that begins to break down that barrier and promote dialogue about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City as they go through major junctures in their transitions

Carbon Copy (1981) by Michael Schultz
Focus: Film; Diversity; Personal transformation; Race relations
Synopsis: Jewish businessman living in an all-white community learns he has a son from a previous relationship with a black woman. His serio-comic journey to acceptance includes losing his marriage, his job and his standing in society.

The Codes Of Gender (2009) by Sut Jhally
Focus: Documentary; Gender studies; Self-identity; Urban popular culture
Synopsis: In striking visual detail, the film explores the late sociologist Erving Goffman's claim that gender ideals are the result of ritualized cultural performance groundbreaking through an analysis of advertising in the contemporary commercial landscape. With its focus on how our perceptions of what it means to be a man or a woman get reproduced and reinforced in our everyday lives, The Codes of Gender is certain to inspire discussion and debate.

The Color of Fear (1994) by Lee Mun Wah
Focus: Documentary; Diversity; Stereotypes; Race relations; Discrimination & racism 
Synopsis: Eight North American men, two African American, two Latinos, two Asian American and two Caucasian gather for a dialog about the state of race relations in America as seen through their eyes. Sometimes dramatic, the exchanges put in plain light the pain caused by racism.

Colour Me (2011) by Sherien Barsoum
Focus: Documentary; Racial identity; Stereotypes; Self-identity
Synopsis: Colour Me challenges viewers to reexamine how they think about race. We follow motivational speaker Anthony McLean as he runs a groundbreaking mentorship program for black teens in Brampton, the most demographically changing Canadian city. While challenging his students to analyze and abandon the stereotypes they have accepted, Anthony is forced to critically examine his own identity.

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity (2014) by Shakti Butler
Focus: Documentary; Race relations; White privilege; Self-identity
Synopsis: A new film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. It features moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise.

Dark Girls (2011) by D. Channsin Berry, Bill Duke 
Focus: Documentary; Discrimination & racism; Class systems; Self-esteem
Synopsis: A fascinating and controversial exploration of the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe.

Dear White People (2014) by Justin Simien
Focus: Film; Diversity; Race relations; White privilege
Synopsis: A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.

Divided We Fall (2000) by Jan Hrebejk
Focus: Film (Czech); Diversity; Class systems ; Cultural appropriation
Synopsis: In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution. In doing so, they find themselves making unorthodox choices and learning about the true nature of the people around them

Eyes on the Prize (1987) by Henry Hampton
Focus: Television documentary; Discrimination & racism; Class systems; Race relations
Synopsis: An American television series about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the 14-hour documentary uses archival footage and interviews of participants and opponents of the movement.

Fruitvale Station (2013) by Ryan Coogler
Focus: Film; Race relations; Discrimination & racism 
Synopsis: An American drama based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by transit police officer at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station in Oakland, California.

A Girl like Me (2005) by Kiri Davis
Focus: Documentary; Racial identity; Self-esteem; Self-identity
Synopsis: The seven-minute documentary examines such things as the importance of color, hair and facial features for young African American women. A repeat of an experiment conducted by Kenneth Clark in the 1940s where African-American children were asked to choose between black or white dolls, Davis discovered similar results with 15 out of 21 children also choosing the white dolls over the black.

A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story  (2006) by Agnieszka Holland
Focus: Television film; Gender studies; LGBT; Transgender
Synopsis: The story documents the real life of Gwen Araujo, born Edward Araujo, Jr., a transgender teenager who was murdered after it was discovered by acquaintances that she had male genitalia. Scenes depicting the murder trial are shown alternating with the story of Gwen's life.

Girl Rising (2013) by Richard E. Robbins
Focus: Documentary; Education; Self-esteem; Personal transformation 
Synopsis: The film journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.

Good Hair (2009) by Jeff Stilson
Focus: Documentary; Urban popular culture; Racial identity
Synopsis: Prompted by a question from his young daughter, comic Chris Rock sets out to explore the importance of hair in black culture. Rock interviews celebrities such as Ice-T and Raven Symone, and visits hair salons, stylist competitions and even an Indian temple to learn about hair culture.

I Am (2010) by Tom Shadyac
Focus: Documentary; Decision-making & problem solving; Ethics; Self-identity
Synopsis: An utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? It offers no easy answers, but takes the audience to places it has never been before, and the result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions and celebrates the indomitable human spirit.

I’m Not Racist… Am I? (2014) by Catherine Wigginton Greene
Focus: Documentary; Discrimination & racism; Race relations; White privilege
Synopsis: A feature documentary about how this next generation is going to confront racism. We asked 12 teenagers from New York City to come together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops to inspire others to recognize and interrupt racism in their own lives.

I Learn America (2013) by Jean-Michel DissardGitte Peng
Focus: Documentary; Discrimination & racism; Racial isolation; Immigrant experience 
Synopsis: Five immigrant teenagers come together during the school year at the International High School as they struggle to learn their new land.

Jim Crow to Barack Obama (2013) by Denise Ward Brown
Focus: Documentary; Discrimination & racism; Race relations; Racial identity
Synopsis: This project explores inter-generational conversations that uncover how issues of race and racism have changed in the USA over the last 100 years. The film’s intention is to engage in a constructive, intergenerational conversation about race in America.

Little White Lie (2014) by Lacey Schwartz
Focus: Documentary; Self-identity; Race relations; Racial identity
Synopsis: Thinking her dark skin and hair are from a Sicilian ancestor, the filmmaker uncovers the lie that haunted her parent's marriage. She then begins a journey to reconcile her past as she embraces her African-American heritage.

The Mask You Live In (2015) by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Focus: Documentary; Self-identity; Gender studies
Synopsis: Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

Miss Representation (2011) by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro
Focus: Documentary; Self-identity; Gender studies
Synopsis: Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

My Brown Eyes (2013) by Jay J. Koh
Focus: Short film; Immigrant experience; Self-esteem; Education
Synopsis: A ten-year-old boy rises early and prepares for his first day of school in America. Clever & resourceful, he makes his own lunch, but he is unprepared for the challenge that awaits him at school. The rest of the film depicts the child who becomes excluded and silent at school. This is a beautiful and poignant story of immigrant life from the point of view of a child.

The New Black (2013) by Yoruba Richen
Focus: Documentary; Race and religion; Homophobia; Stereotypes; LGBT
Synopsis: The story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

Our Spirits Don’t Speak English (2008) by Chip Richie
Focus: Documentary; Education; Native Americans; School segregation in the United States 
Synopsis: A documentary film about the Native American boarding schools, which youths attended chiefly from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.

People Like Us (2001) by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker
Focus: Television documentary; Class systems; Self-identity; Stereotypes
Synopsis: It's the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don't think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? Harder to spot than racial or ethnic differences, class is often the most important predictor of financial and educational opportunities.

Portraits of a Black Girl (2013) by Kena Tangi Dorsey
Focus: Documentary; Education; Gender studies; Racial identity; Independent schools
Synopsis: A group of African American teenage girls from a public and private school come together with hesitation. They soon discover that their worlds are not that far apart. Fighting negative perceptions, they are determined to find new ways to fight the negative perceptions of women of color in today’s media and society.

Prep School Negro (2012) by André Robert Lee
Focus: Documentary; Education; Racial identity; Racial isolation; Independent schools
Synopsis: Andre Robert Lee revisits the high personal cost his elite education caused as he visits with current-day prep school students to see what has changed since he attended.

Race: The Power of Illusion (2003) by Christine Herbes-Sommers
Focus: Television documentary; Race relations; Racial identity; Stereotypes
Synopsis: A three-part series that investigated race in society, science and history. The division of people into distinct categories—“white,” “black,” “yellow,” “red” peoples—has become widely accepted and deeply rooted in our psyches. This three-hour documentary tackles the theory of race by subverting the idea of race as biology.

Real Women Have Curves (2002) by Patricia Cardoso
Focus: Film; Class systems; Self-esteem; Self-identity
Synopsis: Curves on a blossoming young woman can be sexy, but not if you are told you have too many of them. This is a humorous and warmhearted look at a Mexican-American teenage girl coming of age in a boiling cauldron of cultural expectations, class constrictions, family duty, and her own personal aspirations.

Shades of Youth - Youth Speak on Racism, Power & Privilege (2010) by Clay Eugene Smith
Focus: Short film; Race relations; Stereotypes; Self-identity; White privilege
Synopsis: A 3-minute film from The White Privilege Conference Youth Institute where 100 high school students gathered from across the United States to seriously engage in issues of race, power, identity, oppression and social change. It offers multiple views and experiences around race and privilege.

Silent Beats (2000) by Jon M. Chu
Focus: Short film; Race relations; Stereotypes
Synopsis: A 5-minute, student-made film on YouTube in which an African-American teenager enters a convenience store to purchase a few items under the scrutiny of an Asian clerk and a middle-aged Caucasian woman. There are no words, only music. The award-winning short film is about first impressions and ingrained assumptions.

That’s a Family (2000) by Debra Chasnoff
Focus: Documentary; Diversity; Self-identity; Stereotypes; Race relations; LGBT
Synopsis: With courage and humor, the children featured take viewers on a tour through their lives as they speak candidly about what it's like to grow up in a family with parents of different races or religions, divorced parents, a single parent, gay or lesbian parents, adoptive parents or grandparents as guardians.

To Educate A Girl (2010) by Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky
Focus: Documentary; Education; Class systems; Self-esteem; Poverty
Synopsis: To answer the question: “What does it take to educate a girl?” filmmakers traveled to Nepal and Uganda, two countries emerging from conflict and struggling with poverty to document personal stories.

Unlearning Indian Stereotypes (1977) by the Council on Interracial Books for Children
Focus: Short Documentary; Education; Native Americans ; Stereotypes
Synopsis: Narrated by Native American children, this 12-minute film teaches about racial stereotypes and provides an introduction to Native American history through the eyes of children.

Vincent Who? (2009) by Tony Lam
Focus: Documentary; Race relations; Racial profiling; Stereotypes; Asian Americans
Synopsis: In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. His killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement. The documentary asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far they have yet to go.

Primetime: What Would You Do? (2008) by ABC News Network
Focus: Television series; Diversity; Stereotypes; Diversity training
Synopsis: Using hidden cameras, host John Quiñones observes and comments on how ordinary people behave when they are confronted with a dilemma that requires them to either take action or walk by and mind their own business.

Where Are You From? (2013) by Ken Tanaka
Focus: Short film; Race relations; Stereotypes; Self-identity
Synopsis: This highly humorous 2-minute YouTube video sadly highlights an all-too-familiar fault in our society – the need to categorize everyone and somehow therefore justify their existence. The idea of asking "where are you from?" questions a person’s identity.

White Like Me (2013) by Scott Morris
Focus: Documentary; Race relations; White privilege; Discrimination & racism 
Synopsis: Based on his book, anti-racist educator Tim Wise explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege.

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