Social Challenges of Our Times Film Series

A Trek to the River's Edge

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:00 PM, Teasley Auditorium
Will include a panel discussion with the film's director and several former student activists

A Trek to the River’s Edge is a documentary film about the Atlanta Student Movement of the 1960’s. This film outlines the strategy, planning and actions of the students and the support from the larger community striving to overcome the oppression of segregation in contemporary America. Hear the firsthand accounts of the struggles and triumphs from the Atlanta University Center student leaders who organized, strategized, sat-in, marched and went to jail again and again in the fight to achieve full citizenship, justice and equality for African Americans.

Music of Strangers

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.

​​The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium

María, a seventeen-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. It is a world María knows nothing of but is forced to grapple with when problems arise. She does not want to stay in this modern world until it saves her life during a pregnancy complication. 

The Guangzhou Dream Factory

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium​

Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou where they buy goods to sell back in Africa. Over time, some have chosen to stay, and for these Africans, China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it?

Featuring a dynamic cast of men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, ​Guangzhou Dream Factory​ weaves the stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. Following a filmmaker’s journey from Ghana to China and back to Africa, ​Guangzhou Dream Factory​ provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.