Humanities Institute

Controversy and Conversation

Our Controversy & Conversation film series is a partnership between the Humanities Institute of the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library. On the first Thursday of each month, an award-winning documentary film on a controversial social topic of the day is screened at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library and is followed by a community discussion of the issue. Directors of the documentaries and community leaders are frequently present to participate in the discussion and answer questions. The Humanities Institute features blog posts related to past and upcoming films and the Austin Public Library hosts interviews on its Controversy & Converesation series of its podcast Volumes. Below is a list of current and past film screenings.


Current Film Screenings

Spring 2017

Damnation (2014), dir. Travis Rummel and Ben Knight

Code Black (2014), dir. Ryan McGarry

How to Change the World (2015), dir. Jerry Rothwell

Starving the Beast (2016), dir. Steve Mims

Southwest of Salem (2016), dir. Deborah Esquenazi

How to Die in Oregon (2011), dir. Peter Richardson


Past Film Screenings

Fall 2016

GTFO

Under the Stack

True Cost

Gerrymandering     

Fall 2015

The Homestretch

Triple Divide 

Shadows of Liberty 

No Sanctuary: Big Business and Family Detention 

This Changes Everything

     

"Thank you for making excellent choices in documentaries to get me thinking! They are so worthwhile and thought provoking." - C&C Participant

"I enjoyed the conversation at the end. I'm not one to speak up but it was nice hearing ideas from different people." - C&C Participant


Andrew Murphy introduces film at Controversy & Conversation screening

Controversy & Conversation film screening


"Fostering Community Conversations Through Academic and Public Library Partnerships – Two Texas Case Studies"

HI Director Pauline Strong, former HI Program Coordinator Melissa Biggs, and APL Librarian Andrew Murphy discuss the Controversy & Conversation film screening series on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Webinar Series, offering practical advice about fostering academic partnerships with community libraries.


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