Events

2020-21 events

The Great American Lie: Uncovering the lie behind the American way of social and economic mobility film discussion

Date: Monday, Jan. 18
Time: 1 to 4 p.m. 
General public link: https://wmich.webex.com/wmich/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2235d920238db440ce4e9d...
Description: Please join the Lewis Walker Institute for a screening and discussion of the documentary, The Great American Lie: Uncovering the lie behind the American way of social and economic mobility, a film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. According to the film producers, The Representation Project, The Great American Lie is a documentary film that examines how a US value system built on the extreme masculine ideals of money, power, and control has glorified individualism, institutionalized inequality, and undermined the ability of most Americans to achieve the American Dream. The main topic of this film is arguably one of the most important issues of our time: social and economic immobility. Inequality has been on the rise in America for more than three decades. By bringing the unique perspective of gender to this story, this film expands the conversation around the causes and solutions to America's inequality and division. With our history and experience in illuminating and challenging limiting gender narratives in our society, our documentary team is uniquely qualified to tell this story. Our first two films, Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In, lay the groundwork for understanding the impact of gender on individuals and communities in American society. We view The Great American Lie as the critical last film in this trilogy that will address the role of our gendered values on American society-at-large.”

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