The Cornwall Center presents a film series which explores metropolitan and urban issues across the world. Five sessions, each about an hour and a half long, will be held at the Cornwall Center during the 2014-2015 academic year. This year the theme is “Exploring the Nexus between Crime, Education, and Urban Youth.” Each session includes a viewing of a film, followed by a discussion of themes and topics present within the film. The sessions are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders interested in metropolitan and urban issues.
Films are held on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
October 15, 2014—Central Park Five
Chronicles the 1989 story of five Black and Latino teens arrested in New York City for a crime they did not commit and the media frenzy that ensued.
November 19, 2014—How Do You Spell Murder?
Chronicles a year in the lives and personal journeys of functional illiterate inmates at a New Jersey prison.
February 18, 2015—The War on Kids
Explores how a societal shift toward a punishment and authoritarian mindset has helped to create a school to prison pipeline in the U.S.
March 18, 2015—The Interrupters
Tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from violence. Shot over the course of a year, the documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities.
April 15, 2015 –The Garden
Follows the plight of farmers, from the tilled soil of an urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin American countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, these farmers organize, fight back, and demand answers.