Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation (DVD & Study Guide)

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Angela Davis and Tim Wise, two of this country's leading racial and social justice scholar-activists, join moderator Rose Aguilar onstage for a rare, unscripted and free ranging conversation on the state of contemporary global politics.

They explore how our culture's uncritical embrace of pervasive individualism, the myth of meritocracy and entrenched institutional inequality have led to racialized public policy, the privatization of education, health care and the environment, and the commodification of many of our basic needs, including water and food.

Through bold discourse, wit, and an optimism of the will, Angela and Tim call for new vocabularies - a different kind of fluency and a different quality of literacy. With a shared reverence for historical memory and today's activism, they invoke the power of a new language to restore clarity and to unify global communities.

One comes away from this conversation with a sense of renewed faith in humanity and with the realization that ordinary people can, and do, and will achieve the extraordinary. As Angela notes in her commentary, "as isolated individuals we will always be powerless…but as communities we can achieve anything."

DVD Run Time: 78 minutes. Not rated. NTSC. Color.

The DVD includes a 40 page Study Guide, LESSONS FROM VOCABULARY OF CHANGE, by Victor Lewis.

This Study Guide includes eleven lessons which draw from the dialogue in the film and serve as a curriculum guide to generate discussion and exploration of the ways our social structures both create and inhabit us.  Lessons are titled as follows:

1. How All These Things Connect
2. Empathic Collapse
3. The Work that Organizing Can Accomplish
4. A Dagger Pointed at the Heart
5. Islamophbois is taking Advantage of Historical Racism
6. Young Activist Like You
7. We Had a Kind of Urgency
8. Indifference Has a Cost
9. Immigration - A Major Civil Rights Campaign of our Time
10. How Do You Stay Hopeful?
11. As Communities We Can Achieve Anything

Through viewing the film and utilizing the Study Guide, SpeakOut hopes you will be inspired and empowered to think more critically and to create more effectively viable solutions to meet our 21st century global challenges. We strive to reconstruct with courage and imagination the institutions and practices which sustain life and dignity for a more just and compassionate world.

Angela Davis and Tim Wise