[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 71; Spertus Museum]


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A roundtable interview with the students and instructors who created the mural done in conjunction with the Spertus Museum of Judaica's 1992 exhibition "Bridges and Boundaries." They read from lists of stereotypes that the students created and talk about the effect of creating and reading those lists.

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0:35Copy video clip URL Continuing from K287-27, Joe reads more from the list of black stereotypes created by Kiela and the black students. Some of the students try to remember which stereotypes each students came up with.

5:00Copy video clip URL Naomi talks about the effects of the list, and how by putting them all together into one list, it forces you to confront the less obvious stereotypes you may have held. Sabrina talks about the idea that black neighborhoods are more dangerous, and says that there can be bad people everywhere.

8:40Copy video clip URL Naomi and Sabrina take turns reading from the list of Jewish stereotypes that was made by Esther and the Jewish students.

12:20Copy video clip URL Blumenthal asks about the fact that all the black students were men and all the Jewish students were women. They talk about how it was unintentional, but it may have affected the dynamic of the group. Kiela also talks about how some people might see the gender divide as being intentional, and hopes that people won’t read anything into it that wasn’t actually there about the perceived cultural tensions between black men and white women.

19:30Copy video clip URL Blumenthal talks about the mural project as being somewhat separated and removed from the “real world,” and asks about what, if any, lasting result might come of it: “The project is done, the mural is up… then what?” The tape cuts before people can really answer the question, but it is continued on tape K287-29.