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Fall Film Series

Freedom Riders

Thursday, September 20, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

"Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. More than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in order to test and challenge a segregated interstate travel system, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism." 

Following the film, a panel will speak and lead discussion and Q&A, including 
-Scott Ellsworth, Lecturer in AfroAmerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan 
-Ronald Woods, Lecturer in AfroAmerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan and Professor of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University 

This event is free and co-sponsored by U-M Michigan Community Scholars Program and the Ann Arbor District Library. Contact Michigan Community Scholars Program with questions at mcsprogram@umich.edu.

Race to Nowhere

Thursday, October 11, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

"Race to Nowhere" is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, “Race to Nowhere” points to a silent epidemic in our schools. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. "


Following the film, a panel will speak and lead discussion and Q&A, including:
-John Boshoven, Counselor Emeritas and Co-Chair of AAPS Counseling Department
-Patricia Manley, Trustee, Board of Education, Ann Arbor Public Schools
-Todd Sevig, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan

This event is free and co-sponsored by U-M Michigan Community Scholars Program and the Ann Arbor District Library. Contact Michigan Community Scholars Program with questions at mcsprogram@umich.edu.