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RHG Film & Discussion Series: "Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism"

The Reaching for Higher Ground Film & Discussion Series explores topics related to the 2014-15 RHG theme Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.

This evening Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue. 

“For years, there's been widespread speculation about the relationship between violent video games and violence in the real world. Joystick Warriors provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue. Drawing on the insights of media scholars, military analysts, combat veterans, and gamers themselves, the film trains its sights on the wildly popular genre of first-person shooter games, exploring how the immersive experience they offer links up with the larger stories we tell ourselves as a culture about violence, militarism, guns, and manhood. Along the way, it examines the game industry's longstanding working relationship with the U.S. military and the American gun industry, and offers a riveting examination of the games themselves -- showing how they work to sanitize, glamorize, and normalize violence while cultivating dangerously regressive attitudes and ideas about masculinity and militarism.”

The RHG Film & Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and UNI Rod Library.  All series events are free and open to the public.

RHG Film & Discussion Series: "Google and the World Brain"

The Reaching for Higher Ground Film & Discussion Series explores topics related to the 2014-15 RHG theme Media and Social Media: A Networked Society. 

This evening Google and the World Brain will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue: “The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose - to create a higher form of intelligence, something that HG Wells had predicted in his 1937 essay "World Brain". But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google, which climaxed in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet.”

The RHG Film & Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and UNI Rod Library.  All series events are free and open to the public.

Guest Lecturer: Thomas King

Dr. Thomas King is an author who often writes and also advocates for First Nation causes. His book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account, is an unconventional assessment of Indian-White relations in North America. This book is featured in our book club this year. King is also Professor Emeritus from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He earned his bachelor and masters degrees from Chico State University and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah.  

 

Guest Lecturer: Charles Ogletree

Dr. Charles Ogletree is a prominent legal theorist and serves as Faculty Director, Associate Dean and Vice Dean at Harvard Law School. He was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans in 2006 and 2007. Ogletree has a reputation for taking a hard look at complex issues of law, while securing Constitutional rights. He has examined these issues not only in the classroom but also on the Internet, in pages of law journals and every day as a public defender. Ogletree's lecture is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground Series on Media and Social Media.

 

Guest Lecturer: Cornell Brooks

Rev. Cornell Brooks is the new president of the NAACP and the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.  Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in political science from Jackson State University, and a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. Later, he pursued a Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School.  Brooks has written for several newspapers on politics, ethics and faith. Brooks will also be speaking on Oct. 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Isle Casino Hotel.

Guest Lecturer: Bart Ehrman

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Ehrman is the founder of the Bart Ehrman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for alleviating the effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness.  Also a rather controversial author, Ehrman has published several New York Times Bestsellers, including Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are and God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Questions. Ehrman will also be speaking at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Oct. 11, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Daisy Hernandez : Media/Social Media & People of Color

Daisy is an award-winning journalist and a co-editor of the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism.  She has a recently published memoir of her personal and professional experiences, A Cup of Water Under My Bed.  She will be talking about her new book and chronicling being Latina in a predominantly majority work environment.  This event is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series on "Media and Social Media."

Jehane Noujaim

Jehane Noujaim, an Egyptian native, is a cinematographer and director, most known for her films, "Control Room", "Startup.com", and "The Square."  After showing the movie The Square (running time 108 min.), Noujaim will discuss "The Role of Media & Social Media in Social Movements."  The event will conclude with Q&A followed by a reception in the Center for Multicultural Education.  Noujaim's visit is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series.

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