Precious Knowledge on Tuesday November 5th at 4:30 in Twilight Auditorium.
This film tells the story of a community of teachers and students
attempting to save (and shape) their education. It examines the fight to save Tuscon's Mexican-American Studies program.
"While 48 percent of Mexican-American students currently drop out of hi...gh school, Tucson (Ariz.) High [School's] Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students graduating from high school. However, Arizona lawmakers
shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism"
Following the film, Professor Tara Affolter will update the audience on the latest developments in the Tuscon case and open a broader discussion on what counts as knowledge worth teaching in schools and how race, racism, and racial identity play into those decisions. Light refreshments will be served.
Fall Film Series 10/4
How A Theatre Piece About One Tragedy
Might Change Our Responses to the Next . . .
Twenty years ago, in the wake of the Rodney King Riots, theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith conducted a series of interviews that resulted in her groundbreaking solo play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.
Now, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, we’ll look at clips from Smith’s virtuoso performance in which she embodies more than three dozen survivors, witnesses, national figures and LA officials.
We’ll will hit the pause-button at times to reflect: How does this relate to the Trayvon Martin case? Can art really change hearts?
Fall Film Series Saturday 9/21 and 9/23
Please join us for the screening of _The House I Live In_ a landmark documentary about race and incarceration in the United States The screening will be held twice in Dana auditorium on Saturday 9/21 at 3:00 and 8:00pm. Eugene Jarecki, the film's director, will give a talk about the film on Monday (9/23), 4:30-6 in Twilight Auditorium. These events are part of the Hirschfield Film Series and are co-sponsored with the Film and Media and Sociology and Anthropology Departments.
This film has been hailed as "fearless" and "the most important drug war film you'll ever see." We look forward to discussing it with you and Mr. Jarecki.
CCSRE Reading Group 9/17
We will discuss Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This will inaugurate the Center’s events for AY 2013-2014 around the theme of institutions, race, and ethnicity.