This study group will feature a selection of ground-breaking films that either changed social mores or alerted the public to the dangers of various social movements. Films that could be included in this study group are: Inherit the Wind (the Scopes trial on evolution), Modern Times (industrialization and the Great Depression), The Grapes of Wrath (the plight of poor farmers during the Depression), The Great Dictator
(Nazism), Gentleman's Agreement (anti-Semitism), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (unconscious racism), Good Night, and Good Luck (McCarthyism), My Cousin Vinny (Southern justice), Ikiru (the meaning of life), Dr. Strangelove (nuclear disaster), In the Heat of the Night (southern racism), Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (American Indians), The Man with the Golden Arm (drugs), The Killing Fields (genocide), Erin Brockovich (pollution), Norma Rae (unionism), and The Big Short (the financial collapse). Please join us to view and discuss some of the past century's most serious issues. No class on 11/26/20.