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Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series

Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series

The Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series began in 2006. Approximately nine presentations annually are offered across MCC campuses and centers. Discussion leaders are identified for the films.

Upcoming events

LECTURE: Palestine: More Than an Occupied Land, A Place with Rich Culture, Literature and Traditions

Muna Nassar, International Peacemaker Program of the National Presbyterian Church
A writer, freelancer translator and a literary/culturally infused personality based in Bethlehem, Muna Nassar works for a better Palestinian future. She is involved in the cultural domain in Bethlehem, and is currently working with Kairos Palestine, a Christian Palestinian movement which advocates achieving a just solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She writes, “trying to find hope in a hopeless situation, I would like to talk about the meaning of hope, the realities that Palestinian young people face today and how hope may still be possible in my lifetime."

Monday, September 23
South Omaha Campus
Connector Building
Library Conference Rooms A&B
12:15-1:15 p.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room 123
2:30-3:30 p.m.
 

VIDEO & Discussion: Capturing the Flag
Film discussion led by Sergio Sosa, Heartland Workers Center, & Preston Love, Jr, founder and CEO, Black Votes Matter Institute of Community Engagement, adjunct faculty, University of Nebraska Omaha

Recorded in 2016 at North Carolina polling places, Capturing the Flag brings the tactics of voter suppression to life, demonstrating at once the fragility of effective democracy and the power of citizens to make a vital difference.

Tuesday, October 22
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg 10, Room 110

LECTURE: Global Voices & Perspectives—A New Age in Student Mobility
Linda Drake Gobbo, associate provost, Antioch University, former dean and faculty member, School for International Training (SIT), trainer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, MBA, University of Massachusetts, MEd, Springfield College, BA, Hartwick College

In anticipation of US International Education Week, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, cultural entertainment, an student global photo contest and a keynote presentation focusing on current global education trends by Linda Drake Gobbo, whose consulting, presentations and writing have addressed the topics of program and curriculum design, strategic planning, internationalization, and multicultural group dynamics.

Thursday, November 7
6-8 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center
Room 120

VIDEO & Panel Discussion: Priced Out 15 years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon
Panel film discussion: Amanda Brewer, Othello Meadows, Teresa Hunter, MPA, JD

In the late 1990s, Nikki Williams, a single mother living in the only “ghetto” in Portland, Oregon, embraced the idea of gentrification. At that time, her black neighborhood was dominated by abandoned buildings and fear of drug dealers.
Fifteen years later, Nikki was one of the last black residents on her block, as high-end restaurants and throngs of young white newcomers came to dominate the area. While some black residents said good riddance to the old neighborhood, others felt betrayed by city officials who had promised revitalization without displacement.

Thursday, December 12
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 10, Room 110
 

LECTURE: Why Black Families Should Research Their Family Histories
Tony Burroughs, internationally known genealogist, author and lecturer, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy

Genealogy is great for finding information about your ancestors. But it can also be inspiring and very powerful. It can give families a sense of pride and a strong foundation of where they came from. Genealogy improves ones understanding of history. Genealogy research can add to the historical record, help correct wrongs and omissions, and can identify unknown heroes.

Thursday, January 9
12:30-1:45 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, Room 120

LECTURE: Riding into the Unknown-What I Learned from 30,000 Miles of Equestrian Travel by Bernice Ende

In 2005, 50-year old Bernice Ende wanted to find out what kind of horsewoman she was, so she set out on a 5,000-mile ride. Atop an 8-year old thoroughbred mare named Honor, Ende traveled from her home in Trego, Montana, to New Mexico. Adorned in a broad-brimmed cowgirl hat and accompanied by her dog Claire, she made the journey with only the clothes on her back.
The retired ballet teacher depended on the kindness of many strangers along the way. Since that initial trip, Ende has logged more than 30,000 miles in the saddle, crisscrossing North America on horseback—alone.

Tuesday, March 17
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room TBA

VIDEO & DISCUSSION: Difret
Discussion led by Victoria (Vicky) Nakibuuka-Muli, MPA, MPH(c), global education research programs administrator, UNMC College of Medicine

Based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death class between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights, a 14-year-old girl is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage. Hirut fights back, killing her captor and intended husband, resulting in local laws demand of a death sentence. A local women’s legal aid lawyer challenges one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-routed traditions, portraying a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.

Wednesday, March 25
2-3:45 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room TBA
 

Life Lessons and A Mystic Journey on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage
The Rev. Ernesto Medina, president, Board of Directors, Latino Center of the Midlands, B.A. Communications, University of California at San Diego, M.Div.Church Divinity School of the Pacific

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. Learn from Ernesto Medina, a storyteller and visionary, about his journey on the Camino and the life lessons he learned.

Thursday, April 2
10:30-11:45 a.m.
Sarpy Center, Room 214

VIDEO & discussion: Power to Heal
Discussion led by Dr. Stacey Ocander, dean, Health Careers,
Metropolitan Community College


Telling a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans, this story is a tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight.

Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served Black and White patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies.

Tuesday, April 7
6:30-8 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg 10, Room 110