Each Spring, the Ethics Center hosts a film series, featuring films that incorporate ethical problems and concerns. A discussion leader raises some of the key issues at play within the film, then opens the floor to audience members for discussion.
These events are free and open to the public.
A technical malfunction in the Pentagon's strategic control system causes an erroneous order to be sent to a B-58 squadron on a routine training mission instructing the bombers to fly beyond their fail safe distance. At this point the flight crew are trained to cease communications and prepare to fulfill their objective by bombing Moscow. As the planes near their target, the crisis deepens and together the Americans and Soviets decide on a final, desperate solution. Starring Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau. – Swank Motion Pictures
This American Experience documentary focuses on the life and times of an African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 but left an enduring legacy. – PBS.org
Internationally acclaimed, the staggering newsreel-like authenticity of the staged street riots and vital performances of the actors give Battle of Algiers a unique dramatic impact on this detailing of the Algerian revolt against the French. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1965 Venice International Film Festival. – Facets Multimedia
The animated feature is set in a post-apocalyptic world where rag dolls band together to survive. A rag doll named 9 happens upon a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. 9 convinces the others that they must stand and fight to survive and in doing so they learn the very future of civilization may depend on them. –Swank Motion Pictures
Even before they took place, the 2005 Kansas school board hearings on evolution were recognized as a pivotal battle in America's ongoing war over teaching evolution in the public schools. Organized by believers in Intelligent Design and convened by creationists, the hearings provided a testing ground for the successful legal and political tactics that drive today's ongoing actions by anti-evolution organizations in the US and around the world.–New Day Films