Indie Lens Pop-Up: Always in Season

Always in Season
By Jacqueline Olive
In Always in Season, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching work together to heal a violent history. Blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input, Always in Season examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today. 

All ages
Stay for a community conversation after the film.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alumna Deborah Blanks, Ph.D., will lead both post-screening discussions. The 6:30 p.m. discussion will also include a panel of professionals from UW-Milwaukee's African and African Diaspora Studies department. 

Blanks earned a bachelor’s degree and masters’ degrees in education and public administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She also earned a Ph.D. in urban studies with a focus on issues of poverty, race, and equity from UW-Milwaukee. As a result of the community-based participatory research she conducted for her dissertation, she started a nonprofit, the Mutual Aid Network.

Blanks has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She was the purchasing director for the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County's Disadvantaged Business Development Director, a financial supervisor and commercial underwriter for CIGNA, and the CEO of the Social Development Commission. She also was an assistant professor at UWM’s School of Education in the Educational Policy and Community Studies Department. She is a partner in Kairo Communications, a family-owned business that provides culturally responsive products, consulting, and education.

She is the author of Weaving Diversity into the Fabric of America, a book on cultural diversity, and In the Arena, a book about Wisconsin’s community- action agencies. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Blanks has lived in Milwaukee since 1982. While her activities include tennis, track, and photography, her favorite time is spent with her son, Geraud, his wife, and their three children.

Find more information about Always in Season on the ITVS website.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.