Critical Media Literacy

Engaging Media and Transforming Education

Institutes, Museums, Research Groups and More!

Perception Institute. Consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists who translate cutting edge mind science research on race, gender, ethnic, and other identities into solutions that reduce bias and discrimination, and promote belonging.


Source:  Race and Ethnicity, from the Critical Media Project. The Critical Media Project provides free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances young people’s critical thinking and empathy, and builds on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity. From USC Annenberg.

Publications of All Kinds



RACE: The Power of an Illusion

RACE: The Power of an Illusion. The most widely taught documentary in the USA. Video, 3 parts, each under 60 mins, 2003. Available via Kanopy database.

Excellent website accompanies this film: RACE: The Power of An Illusion (Othering & Belonging Institute, California Newsreel UC Berkeley, & The American Cultures Institute). Detailed lesson plans, articles, & resources to support the film series.


Ethnic Notions

Ethnic Notions (1987, 59 mins) is the Emmy-winning documentary by Marlon Riggs that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images, we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America. In the Kanopy database.