The University of Akron will host its 11th annual Rethinking Race forum Friday through Feb. 16.

The free series features more than 50 events, including films, guest speakers and moderator-led discussions.

The first Rethinking Race forum was in 2007 on the 10th anniversary of President Bill Clinton’s visit to the university to host his first Town Hall Meeting on Race.

UA said in a news release that the forum “seeks to raise awareness of cultural and societal issues among students and the community.”

“Race is the proverbial elephant in the room,” Amy Shriver Dreussi, co-chairperson of the Rethinking Race steering committee, said in a news release.

This year’s theme for the forum is Black, White and Beyond.

For a full listing of events, go to

Events include:

• A film festival that begins with the 6 p.m. Feb. 2 screening in the Student Union Theater of the Academy-Award nominated film Get Out, a movie about an increasingly disturbing interracial relationship.

Other films include The Great White Hoax, I Am Not Your Negro, What’s Race Got to Do With It, Marshall and Hidden Figures. The complete lineup can be found at

• A closing talk at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at UA’s McDowell Law Center, titled Charlottesville: The Call for a More Civil Society. Gregory J. Vincent, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will speak. Vincent, who served as Ohio’s assistant attorney general in the 1990s, is considered a national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture.

• Tours of Hower House at 60 Fir Hill on the University of Akron campus, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Literary historian Tine Hreno will take visitors on an Upstairs Downstairs: History of Domestic Service tour of the 1871 mansion that was donated to UA in 1970.

Registration for this event is encouraged. Call 330-972-6909. Tours will take place at 1 p.m. every day from Monday through Wednesday.

• A trolley tour sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 14. The tour will focus on the photography of Opie Evans, local reporter, broadcaster, publisher, businessman and one of the earliest African-American photographers in Akron. Evans’ work documents Akron life from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s.

The trolley tour route will depart from College Street Circle off East Buchtel Avenue, and sites will include historic churches and neighborhoods, as well as a hike to the John Brown monument. The German American Alliance of Akron erected the sandstone column honoring the radical abolitionist in 1910.

Brown lived in Akron off and on from 1844 to 1854, five years before he led the 1859 raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry, Va. His unsuccessful effort to start an armed slave rebellion is recognized as a key precursor to the Civil War.

• “Face-2-Face” one-on-one discussions in which participants talk about controversial topics “openly, honestly and without confrontation or aggression,” UA said.

The conversations start with a moderator making opening statements, reading from a passage or presenting a question.

Topics will include Story Circles (1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bierce Library); What is Patriotism in the Age of President Trump? (4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Bierce Library); and Anti-Racist Parenting: Strategies, Opportunity & Imperative (7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Student Union.)

For a list of all Face-2-Face topics, dates and locations, go to