The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project invites the campus and community to the 2015 Fall Film and Lecture Series, featuring free public screenings of five thought-provoking documentary films. The showing of each movie will be followed by a facilitated discussion. The films will be shown on the following Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus:
October 8 – Terms and Conditions May Apply
Terms and Conditions May Apply examines the privacy issues involved in online user-service agreements. What information about ourselves are we giving away when we click “I accept,” and what might be the consequences of doing so?
October 22 – Black in America: Black and Blue
In this CNN special, Soledad O’Brien investigates the growing tension between police officers and young African-American men. With incisive interviews and footage of confrontations, this documentary raises important questions about relations between police and communities of color. A panel discussion will follow the 45-minute CNN documentary. Panelists will include Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, Modesto Police Department Detective David Van Dimien, MJC History Professor Albert Smith, and MJC student James Sheppard.
November 5 – The Hunting Ground
The Hunting Ground is about rape at American colleges. The film focuses on student activists who allege that school administrators are not doing enough in terms of punishing assailants, respecting the dignity of victims, publicizing sexual assault rates, and improving the safety of students. Following the film will be a discussion featuring guest speakers Holly Grace Palmer, Youth Services Coordinator at Haven Women’s Center; Sarah Beal, CSUS Victim Advocate; and Margaret Kingori, MJC Counselor.
November 19 – Harvest of Empire
This film, which is subtitled The Untold Story of Latinos in America, argues that the growing presence of Latinos in America can be viewed as a “harvest of empire” and needs to be understood within the context of the United States’ history of intervention in Latin America.
December 3 – How to Survive a Plague
How to Survive a Plague looks back at the early years of the AIDS epidemic and shows how a small group of activists--up against death, discrimination, and indifference--pressed hard for the government and the pharmaceutical industry to improve treatment for AIDS, turning a deadly disease into a manageable condition.