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Library Film Series - Spring Semester 2014

FREE and open to the public.

All films begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library North Conference Room, W449

FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at 517.884.6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later

Monday, January 13
7:00 pm
North Conference Room
Presented by Valencia Moses, PhD Candidate, Department of Teacher Education; Health Equity and Social Justice Facilitator

In 1957, Little Rock Central High School became a symbol of the struggles and hopes of the Civil Rights Movement. Nine African-American students were prevented from entering the building by an angry mob of whites outside the school. After 50 years, it is a stark reminder of the steps that still need to be made toward equality. The HBO Documentary Film, Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later, is an eye-opening look at racial equality, education, and class at the landmark high school today, where educational equality remains elusive. Filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud began filming as the school and the nation prepared for the 50th Anniversary of the famous Integration Crisis 1957. The film follows present day Central High students and faculty both in and out of school, along with community leaders and one of the original "Little Rock Nine," who reflects on how much - and how little - has changed since she courageously crossed the school's steps nearly half a century ago.

A Project 60/50 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Special Event

Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner

Tuesday, January 28
7:00 pm
North Conference Room, W449
Presented by Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai, Department of English
Cosponsored by the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and in coordination with the appearance of Tony Kushner at the Wharton Center, February 10.*

David Ansen (Newsweek) praises Kushner’s “humor, ambition, vision and dazzling braininess” and David Courier (Sundance Festival) writes “one of our greatest living playwights, Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America; Caroline, or Change; Munich) is a consummate artist and indomitable political activist committed to equality and social justice.

*There will be a drawing for two free public tickets, and ten MSU tickets will also be available. More information about Tony Kushner’s appearance on 2/10 can be found at whartoncenter.com

Pirates! Band of Misfits

Wednesday, February 12
7:00 pm
North Conference Room
Presented by Rich Bellon, MSU Department of History & Lyman Briggs College

Charles Darwin has been portrayed in numerous serious films about his life and work, but “Pirates” breaks that mold. In this rip-roaring animated fi lm by the creators of Wallace & Gromit, Darwin is captured aboard the Beagle by a team of rag-tag pirates. All hope seems lost until Darwin discovers the last living dodo with the buccaneers, and leads them on a dangerous mission into London. Starring the voice talents of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, and David Tennant, “Pirates” is a hilarious romp through scientific history and Victorian society.

A selection of Darwin-themed comics/cartoons from the MSU Libraries will be on display during the film.

Celebrate Darwin’s birthday with cake!

In coordination with the MSU Museum and the 10th Annual Darwin Discovery Day.

Naji Al-Ali: An Artist with Vision

Thursday, February 20
7:00 pm
North Conference Room
Presented by Sadam Issa, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian & African Languages

Co-sponsored by the MSU Comics Forum and MSU Muslim Studies Program

"The film takes us on a chronological tour of the [Palestinian] artist's life, from his childhood in the [refugee] camps, through his days as a student. It follows him as he emerges as an activist, journalist and artist, through the various wars that shaped his work and his fate, and finally into his exile in London, where he was brutally gunned down by an unknown assailant."

"...This documentary does an outstanding job of introducing not only the personality of al-Ali, but also the most important events shaping his work. It also includes an excellent cross-section of the thousands of political drawings al-Ali published in his lifetime."

Jensen, Kim. "Witness to Brutality: Film Documents Life and Death of Naji al-Ali." Rev. of Naji-Al Ali: An Artist with Vision. Al Jadid 6:32 (2000).

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