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All E-Series’ programs are open to all and are free of charge as part of the Emerson Center’s mission to provide quality educational and thought-provoking events for our community. The Emerson Center exists and functions due to the dedicated work of our volunteers. In addition to attending our events, please consider making a donation to the Emerson Center to keep programs such as our E-Series FREE and available to the public.

E series schedule

Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at 7pm
Panel discussion to follow film.
Moderator: Andrew Sorbo, Social Justice Committee Chair

“Union Time,” a 2016 documentary narrated by Danny Glover, is the dramatic award-winning story of the 5,000 workers at the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina and their long struggle to form a Union in the hope of improving their working conditions and salaries.

During the recent covid pandemic throughout 2020 and 2021, many stories appeared in the news media about the dire situation in meatpacking plants across the country, making the stories heard in “Union Time” very timely.

FREE

Whose Vote Counts

Tuesday, jan. 11, 2022 at 7pm
Panel discussion to follow film.
Moderator: Andrew Sorbo, Social Justice Committee Chair

Appearing on October 20, 2020 just a few weeks before the national election in November, this PBS documentary focuses on the primary election in Wisconsin just six months earlier at the beginning of the Covid lockdowns gripping the country. Interviews with local Wisconsin officials and residents as well as national spokespersons discuss the problems which were experienced in Wisconsin and were expected to occur again in the national election. The twin issues of mail ballot fraud and voter suppression are discussed and debated, a debate which led to violence in January following the election and remains fiercely divisive today. Many fear we will face the same issues this coming November (2022). Our panelists will discuss the film and take your questions on how this debate might impact the voting in our county and across Florida.

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Vaccine Wars

Tuesday, JAN. 25, 2022 at 7pm
Panel discussion to follow film.
Moderator: Andrew Sorbo, Social Justice Committee Chair

At times while watching “The Vaccine Wars,” viewers will be asking themselves, “Was this documentary made for people to learn about and discuss the two vigorously opposed positions people are taking today on whether or not to be vaccinated for Covid-19?”

In fact, the film was made in 2015 before anyone heard of Covid. The biggest controversy raging that caused the film to be made was that over the rise in autism cases and whether it was being caused by childhood vaccinations. This documentary presents both sides of the story in a dispassionate manner. Join our panel after for an informative discussion!

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Starting at Zero

Tuesday, FEB. 8, 2022 at 7pm
Panel discussion to follow film.
Moderator: Andrew Sorbo, Social Justice Committee Chair

“Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America” is an award-winning documentary made in 2020 that explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream. It examines the latest developmental brain science to demonstrate how essential the early years are to maximize human potential. Governors, educators, business leaders, pediatricians, parents and children’s voices tell the story.

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The Lesson

Tuesday, FEB. 15, 2022 at 7pm
Panel discussion to follow film.
Moderator: Andrew Sorbo, Social Justice Committee Chair

As the US has grappled with the contentious issue of what to teach our children about slavery and racism in our country, many have suggested we look at Germany’s curriculum on teaching their children about their Nazi era past. Filmed from 2014 to 2019 during a time in Germany that has seen the rise of anti-immigrant and neo-Nazi groups, the young German filmmaker wondered just how effective is that curriculum which is frequently held up as a model for the world. So she set about exploring the subject in a rural town. She visits classrooms, talking to teachers and students. An invaluable part of the film are the scenes filmed in schools during the Nazi period.

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