CILCE Screens 'Waiting for "Superman,"’ Hosts Panel Discussion Tomorrow

The Center for Intercultural Learning and Community Engagement (CILCE) will host a screening of the groundbreaking feature film "Waiting for 'Superman'" tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29. This critically acclaimed but controversial documentary will be shown at 6 p.m. in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

From Davis Guggenheim, the director of "An Inconvenient Truth," "Waiting for 'Superman'" provides a look at public education in the United States through the stories of five children and their families. Their emotional journeys highlight disparities and inequality in school systems, and interviews with education reformers raise challenging questions while providing ideas for change.

Following the movie, a panel of education leaders will share their reactions and discuss educational successes and challenges in the Twin Cities. The panel will feature representatives from local schools, including St. Thomas alumni Karen Rusthoven from Community of Peace Academy and Luwam Arefe from KIPP: Minnesota, as well as from the Northside Achievement Zone.

"Waiting for 'Superman'" has been described as a call to action that will leave a lasting and powerful impression. Information will be provided about ways to get involved in local schools.

The film and panel discussion is co-sponsored by HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs), the Office for Service-Learning, Justice and Peace Studies, the Department of English, and the Community Justice Project.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact CILCE, (651) 962-6800.

(View event poster.)