To truly understand race and ethnicity—and make meaningful progress in race relations—it’s crucial to get at the nuances of people’s experiences. Telling one’s story is an especially powerful means of unraveling stereotypes and misconceptions often imputed on others. At the very least, the storyteller defines the experience; he or she becomes the author/authority of his or her own day-to-day living.
Show Some Skin: The Race Monologues is a new, student-organized performance in which Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, and alumni—minority and majority—share experiences of race and ethnicity. By telling their stories—the humorous, embarrassing, sad, exciting, frustrating, preposterous, and beautiful—everyone can better understanding the complexity of race and affirm the experiences and knowledge of each other.
Cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame International, the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of American Studies, the University Writing Program, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, the Asian Pacific Alumni of Notre Dame, and the Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame