Carnegie Mellon University

Center for the Arts in Society

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Fine Arts


How Does It Feel To Be a Problem

January 18, 2023 - 6pm
McConomy Auditorium

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? is the existential question posed by famed sociologist W.E.B. DuBois in his book The Souls of Black Folk. Ask almost any person of color in America what their journey in America is like and you’re bound to get a story of being treated as different, as an “other,” as someone who is perceived to be suspicious, a threat, a problem.

With the assistance of scholars, authors, and activists, How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? takes the audience on a journey to better understand what it feels like to live in a society where you are not wanted, where steady reminders inform you that there are many Americas and that a United America is and always was a myth.

This film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.