Jane Rhodes, free movie screenings and more food for thought

The University of Texas at Austin hosts a myriad people of note from intelligentsia, politics and the entertainment industry. Nobel Laureates have addressed from the university podiums to embarrassingly sparse crowds. The presence of a prestigious national university in Austin has many advantages for its students as well as regular Austinites. I have attended some very engaging and informed talks and discussions at the university and have always wondered why more people don’t attend these informed discussions. Students, these might count as extra-credit for one of your classes! If for nothing else, attend these to impress the guests at your next dinner party.

Here are two such free events coming up on Tuesday, March 24th.

  • Jane Rhodes, “Fear of a Black Planet: Race, Media and Black Power” : Author of two books, Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (The New Press, 2007) and Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century (Indiana University Press, 1998), Rhodes plans to talk about the intersection of race, media and politics in the United States. She will focus on the black-power activism in the 1960s, effects of which bleed into the contemporary political atmosphere as well, especially under the Obama administration.

This talk will be held on the UT campus at the Thompson Conference Center auditorium (TCC 1.110) at Red River and Dean Keeton on March 24th at 7 p.m. There is free convenient parking for motorists in the large lots along Red River.

  • “Beyond the Walls: The Battle for Iraq’s Future” : This event hopes to educate viewers about the war in Iraq that continues despite the reduced coverage to the issue in mainstream media. An independent media company called Big Noise Films is collaborating with filmmaker Rick Rowley to screen three films, originally aired on Al Jazeera English –  “Beyond the Wall: Inside the Sadr Movement in Iraq”, Re-awakening Saddam’s Tribal Strategy” and “The Detention Imperative: An Inside Look at the U.S. Detention System in Iraq.” The films will be followed by a discussion with Rick Rowley.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UT Austin. It will be held on the UT campus at Flawn Academic Center auditorium (FAC 21).

To keep up-to-date with university events, check out the campus events calender. To join a mailing list that will inform you of events related to important international issues and crisis, visit Third Coast Activist.

Here is a clip from one of the films, Beyond The Wall, to pique your interest.

Post by Simrat Sharma

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One response to “Jane Rhodes, free movie screenings and more food for thought

  1. I have been to see several of these speakers before. And I have yet to be disappointed. The discussions are always very interesting and cover a wide range of topics. I highly recommend checking out the speakers that interest you. Even the ones whose discussion topics you know nothing about are great. You will always learn something new!

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