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Diversity Film Series to examine Disney movies

September 8, 2014

Indiana State University has announced the schedule for its third annual Diversity Film Series.

"The film series provides avenues for open discussions about diversity in an effort to increase understanding of diverse individuals, issues and topics," said Elonda Ervin, the university's diversity officer. "The goal of the series is to ensure Indiana State strengthens and embraces the changing needs of its diverse students, faculty and staff. We also invite the general public to each event in this series. Diversity affects everyone in greater Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley.

"Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood and Corporate Power" will kick off the series Sept. 17. The film takes a close and critical look at the world Disney films create and the stories they tell about race, gender and class and reaches disturbing conclusions about the values spread under the pretense of innocence and fun.

The film is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede II. A discussion session will follow by faculty and staff members Karen Liu, professor of elementary, early and special education; Joni Clark, interim associate director of student wellness; Namita Goswami, assistant professor of philosophy; Marlene Lu, office assistant at the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education; and Martha Reed, administrative assistant in the Career Center.

Additional presentations in the series are:

• Oct. 15 - DREAM: An American Story

• Nov. 19 - Tough Guise 2 - Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

• Jan. 21 - Beauty Mark: Body Image and the Race for Perfection

• Feb. 4 - Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

• Feb. 18 - How Racism Harms White America

• Mar. 25 - Playing Unfair: The Media Image of the Female Athlete

• Apr. 18 - The Valentine Road

Contact: Elonda Ervin, diversity officer, Indiana State University, 812-237-8513 or