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Modesto Junior College

Film and Lecture


The Film and Lecture Series is designed to provide students and members of the community with the opportunity to engage in topics of social interest and relevance through the screening of thoughtful movies and by bringing speakers to the campus who have demonstrated knowledge on topics deemed to be of social significance.  Each film will be followed by a discussion with guest speakers or panelists. 

WHERE: Forum Building Room 110 (located on MJC's East Campus)
COST: FREE - The films are free and open to the public

American Muslims on Love and Relationships:
A Discussion with Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi

FEBRUARY 6, Thursday, 7 pm, Forum 110
Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi discuss and read selections from their anthologies Love, InshAllah: The Sacred Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy

Tough Guise 2

FEBRUARY 20, Thursday, 7 pm, Forum 110
This documentary suggests that boys grow up in a culture that glamorizes aggression and violence. Reducing hurtful and destructive behavior, the film argues, depends largely upon recognizing and transforming the cultural messages directed at boys.

Dirty Wars

MARCH 6, Thursday, 7 pm, Forum 110
Dirty Wars investigates America’s covert military operations—marked by “kill lists,” night raids, and drone strikes—in foreign lands, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond.

Two American Families

MARCH 20, Thursday, 7 pm, Forum 110
As it chronicles the financial struggles of two typical American families over the last twenty years, this documentary strives to bring larger economic trends into sharp focus and to reveal their role in the decline of the middle class.

Precious Knowledge

APRIL 3, Thursday, 7 pm, Forum 110
Precious Knowledge looks at the debate over ethnic studies classes in Arizona public high schools. Many students and teachers involved in the program fight to defend it, celebrating its merits, while lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program, criticizing it as divisive and subversive.

Chasing Ice

APRIL 17, Thursday, 7 pm, Forum 110
Chasing Ice follows photographer James Balog as he visually documents the rapid melting of glaciers via time-lapse photographs taken by cameras installed in the harshest environments.

Questions?  Please contact Jason Wohlstadter, English Professor, at or Elizabeth McInnes, Biology, at 209.575.6299

Members of the film and lecture committee: Jason Wohlstadter (coordinator); Bill Anelli, Judy Cain, Joan Ferrell, Debbie Gilbert, Brian Greene, Ruth Luman, Liz McInnes, Dan Onorato, Mary Swier, Lillian Vallee, Theron Westrope.