What Is America? Open Forum and Screening of ‘I Learn America’ Nov. 21

| November 20, 2013
"I Learn America"

“I Learn America” screens Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Multicultural Studies Committee (MULC) has asked the Webster community the question, “What Is America?” The answers will be displayed and discussed in an open forum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Moore Auditorium prior to the screening of the film, I Learn America.

The film, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is co-sponsored by MULC and the St. Louis International Film Festival and focuses on immigration and education. Following the film, there will be a discussion with co-director Jean-Michel Dissard.

Nearly one in four children in the United States is an immigrant or was born to immigrant parents. Classrooms confront a rapidly growing influx of students who speak little English and are unfamiliar with American culture.

At New York City’s International High School at Lafayette, more than 300 students from 50 countries come together in a unique educational experience. I Learn America tells the story of five of these students: Sing (Myanmar), a refugee who left his family behind; Brandon (Guatemala), who crossed the border to America to reunite with his mother after 10 years apart; Sandra (Poland), a tomboy and class leaders who’s in love with Jennifer (Dominican Republic), a sassy classmate; and Itrat (Pakistan), who came to America to join a father she barely knew after the passing of her mother.

Ticket Information:

Free for Webster students with proper ID
$6 for the general public
$5 for senior adults, alumni, and students from other schools
$4 for Webster University faculty and staff

For more information, go to: www.webster.edu/filmseries.

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