Amnesty International Club Films for Spring 2014

In Association with the MSJC Diversity Committee
 
Menifee Valley Campus
28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee
 
Wednesday, February 26 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Room 927
Taken is a 2008 English-language French action thriller film which stars Liam Neeson. Neeson plays a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who sets about tracking down his daughter after she is kidnapped by human traffickers for sexual slavery while traveling in France. Human trafficking is a trade for the purpose of sexual slavery that represents an estimated $32 billion of international trade per annum, of the illegal international trade estimated at $650 billion per annum in 2010.
With Professor Tamara Smith, History Department
 
Thursday, March 13 12:30pm – 2:30pm, Room 927
Inequality for All: Robert Reich is an economist, author, and educator who was U.S. Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. Since the mid-1980s, he has been outspoken on the issue of the growing divide between America's rich and poor. Reich presents his argument that this gulf is slowly but surely wiping out the middle class, and will lead to an economic catastrophe if left unchecked. Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth presents a powerful look at Reich and his theories featuring footage from Reich's lectures to students as well as interviews with the author and his conversations with Americans from many walks of life. The film provides disturbing evidence of the roles stagnating wages, growing personal debt, an economy based on consumer spending, and the decline of manufacturing are playing in the weakening of the American economy.
With Professor Stacey Searl-Chapin, Political Science Department
 
Wednesday, April 2 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Room 927
Not Just a Game; Power, Politics & American Sports: In this exhilarating tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture, iconoclastic cultural historian and Nation magazine writer Dave Zirin argues that American sports are about a lot more than just fun and games. Exploding the myth that the world of sports somehow stands outside the world of politics and ideology, Zirin shows how American sports culture has long been a haven for the most reactionary attitudes and ideas, promoting everything from nationalism and militarism to sexism, racism, and homophobia. At the same time, he identifies an equally strong countercurrent, a history of rebel athletes whose high-profile resistance to jingoistic patriotism, heterosexist masculine authority, white male privilege, and other forms of bullying have reverberated beyond the field of play.
 
Tuesday, April 22 12:30pm - 2:30pm, Room 927
Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites -- oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others -- work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, this documentary carefully analyzes and explains how -- through the use of language, framing, and context -- the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media.
 
Wednesday, May 7 5:30 pm--7:30 pm, Room 927
A Debate “Is Christianity good for the world?”: In this formal debate honors student Aaron Hansen will square off against Dr. Roy Mason with the provocative question as its premise, “is Christianity good for the world?” This timeless question will be passionately argued with wit and gravitas, and without a doubt lives and worldviews will collide. Come join us for this great college experience and then partake in our Q&A session afterwards.
 
Movies Are Free and Open to the Public
 
For more information contact Shahla Razavi 951-639-5753 srazavi@msjc.edu