“Selma” (2014) chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights for African Americans in the face of violent opposition. An epic organized march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the Civil Rights Movement.”Selma” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Film rated PG-13.
Stay after the film for a conversation with Aaron Colston. Aaron Colston is a PhD candidate in History at Duke who studies the role of education in modern political culture. His dissertation compares and links how activists in the U.S. and Brazil used adult literacy campaigns after World War II to create spaces of liberation. He has also served as a researcher with the SNCC Digital Gateway; the Behind the Veil project; the Social Science Research Institute; and the Bass Connections project “The Cost of Opportunity,” a study of higher education and social mobility in contemporary Brazil.
Spring 2018 Ethics Film Series: You Say You Want a Revolution
Each spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsors a film series that provides popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme. Each series as a whole offers rich opportunities for debate and discussion on ethical issues for audiences from both the Duke and Durham communities. This year’s film series is co-sponsored by DukeArts.
This year’s Ethics Film Series investigates the ethical and moral discourse surrounding revolutions and those who instigate them. Focusing on political, technological, and artistic revolutions this film series explores how revolutions become institutions, affect human psychology, and create venerated revolutionaries. Why do some revolutions have staying power while others do not? How have our day to day lives been changed by the revolutions we have experienced? Can we criticize our revolutionaries? These are just some of the questions this year’s film series will explore. You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, you should come to our film series.
Film selections and dates for the Spring 2018 Ethics Film Series are detailed below. All films will be screened in The Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Following every film, there will be a post-film discussion with faculty and special guests. The films are free and open to the public. Refreshments and light snacks are provided.
East Campus parking is available.
Spring 2018 Film Series Schedule:
January 25 – Persepolis
February 15 – The Social Network
March 22 – Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
April 19 – Selma