September 19, 2016 STAFF/STU

Save the Dates: 2016-17 Cultural Awareness Series and Films

Disney’s Zootopia
Friday, September 30, 2016
10:00 PM Screening
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science & Technology
From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

Tearing Hatred from the Sky | Bree Newsome
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30 PM Lecture & 7:45 PM Reception
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science & Technology
Born with an artist’s soul and spirit, Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness. As she watched the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC, she recognized the message being communicated clearly by the US flag and the SC state flag at half-mast while the Confederate flag remained fully furled. Refusing to accept the premise of this image—that white supremacy is supreme, untouchable and invincible—she scaled the 30ft flagpole in front of the statehouse and removed the “stars and bars” declaring, “This flag comes down today!” Bree’s intention was to create a new image, a new symbol and a new consciousness of the power inherent in direct action. The iconic picture of her on the pole, flag in hand has become a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people around the world.

Define American | Jose Antonio Vargas
Monday, February 13, 2017
6:30 PM Lecture & 7:30 PM Reception
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science & Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas is the leading voice in the immigration fight in American. As a journalist, undocumented immigrant and gay man, Jose’s experiences are unparalleled. With anecdotes from both his own story and the struggles of countless other undocumented immigrants in America, Vargas poignantly explores one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define “American”?

Disney’s Big Hero 6
Friday, March 24, 2017
10:00 PM Screening
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science & Technology
Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes.