Center for Multicultural Education
A garden provided poor families and their neighbors with food and camaraderie after rioting in the early 1990's. The Garden explores the resiliency of Los Angeles farmers in creating a community plot. They confront the cordons of wealth and commerce: a bittersweet story of self-sufficiency and fortitude.
King Corn follows two friends on a quest to Iowa in hopes to understand whence the food we eat comes. After they buy an acre of land and reap a bountiful harvest, they run headlong into a food system that is manipulative and destructive of farming endeavors in multiple ways.
The subtext of the movie, Soul Food, is about the fatal illness of a family’s matriarch because of the food she was eating. Soul Food Junkies recognizes not only the politics within the food industry but also its challenges of both the obvious and the subtle ones. Whereas Byron Hurt lifts up the traditions of soul food, he explores the negative effects that the food industry has on those who are poor, exploited, and marginalized by limited food options, especially persons of color.
From apples to onions and tomatoes, hundreds of thousands of children in America are exposed to the harsh elements of weather and farm fields to pick produce in order to survive. The Harvest familiarizes the viewer with a well kept secret: child labor is not something that only exists elsewhere.
Amanda Goodman, KWWL anchor, will moderate a panel discussion about President John F. Kennedy's civil rights legacy. Panelists are Al Hays, emeritus professor of political sicence; Wallace Hettle, history department; John Johnson, history department; and Michael D. Blackwell, Center for Multucultural Education
"JFK Like No Other" will be screened in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The documentary showcases the life of one of the nation’s most beloved and mourned leaders and takes a fresh look at JFK’s career as a congressman, U.S. Senator and president. The documentary is 240 minutes; feel free to stop by the CME at your conveience to catch a glimpse of the film in memory of our fallen president.
Panel discussion on local issues related to hunger. Panelists include Barbara Grant from Operation Threshold, Karen Erickson from the N.E. Iowa Food Bank and Kamyar Enshayan, Center for Energy and Environmental Education.
The Price of Sugar highlights the struggle taking place in the Dominican Republic involving the human rights of Haitian immigrants and the production of sugar. Conditions on these sugar plantations are poor; the politics are fiercely adversarial. The United States consumes a large portion of the sugar produced. This film helps us identify who is responsible for ending this debacle.
Angela Davis, civil and women's rights icon, will deliver a lecture titled "Finding Your Way: Organizing for Social Change and Human Rights." Davis is also the keynote speaker for the Annual Conference on Human Rights, sponsored by the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights. Davis will sit on a panel discussing her lecture and what lies ahead for young and older activists on Friday, Nov. 8.
Showing of the film "Vocabulary of Change" in which social-justice-activist scholars Angela Davis and Tim Wise engage in an unrehearsed conversation about global affairs and the intersectionality of race, class, sex, gender, war and peace. The film runs for approximately 78 minutes, followed by a discussion.