Race, Citizenship, and Cinema

Date and time

November 8, 2006

About this event

After a multi-day screening of Spike Lee’s documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, the Center for the Study of Citizenship presents this lecture by Elvis Mitchell, the host of The Treatment for National Public Radio, in which he interviews some of the most influential persons in the film industry and fine arts. Formerly the film critic for The New York Times, Mitchell is also an alumnus of Wayne State University. Mitchell spoke about race and citizenship, and its representation in film.

About When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.


Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202


Elvis Mitchell