Social Sciences hosts documentary film series on racism

By Chelsea Johnson

Glendale Community College’s Social Sciences department and Honors program will be putting on a four-part video series of documentaries that discuss the United State’s commitment to the concept of “are created equal.”

The idea to showcase these four hard-hitting films had been in talks for quite some time. It would have not been possible without the assistance of the National Endowment of Humanities.

“In essence, this was a partnership that I was able to enter into with the National Endowment for the Humanities. While I had the initial idea to bring the program to campus, there has been a lot of collaborative work along the way in an attempt to make this a successful year long program,” said GCC history professor, John Coughlin.

The subject of human rights and how it’s evolved over decades is one that is prominent to everyone. Students may wonder about how relevant these videos are to their lives—seeing as how the subject matter does have a lot to do with African American’s struggle against the idea of everyone being “created equal.” But we see that universal theme in current issues today.

“I think many of the issues will be relevant to students today.  These issues include, but are not limited to, marriage equality, workers’ rights, the right to an education, freedom of association and issues of collective solidarity in the face of entrenched hegemony.  In essence, we hope to have a dialogue that starts with the simple question of, “How do you react to injustice when you encounter it?,” said Coughlin.

With the showing of these videos, hopefully a dialogue amongst students, friends, families, and the community at large will be held in regards to just how far we’ve progressed with the concept of we “are created equal.”

“The Abolitionists” screened Thursday, Sept. 18. “Slavery by Another Name” will screenThursday, Nov. 6. “The Freedom Riders” shows Thursday, February 26, 2015. Finally, “The Loving Story” will be played on Thursday, April 2, 2015. All screenings start at 6:30 p.m. in the GCC Student Union.

For more information
visit: http://createdequal.neh.gov/ or email: john.coughlin@gccaz.edu.

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