No Small Matter

Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

No Small Matter confronts America’s most pressing problems with an unlikely but powerful weapon: babies and young children. From home to childcare to preschool, high-quality early care and education has far-reaching impacts, and groundbreaking science to back it up. With a healthy dose of humor and a surprising edge, No Small Matter reveals the tragic cost of getting this wrong, and the huge payoff—for our kids, our families, and our country—of getting it right.

2019. 75 min. Documentary.

Tim Wilson, Co-founder and Executive Director of Washtenaw Promise, former Teacher and Head of School at Emerson School will lead the post-film discussion.

bias

Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

bias is a film that challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.

2018. 128 min. Documentary. NR. 

With special guests for a post-film discussion TBD.

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

CODE exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers, explores the reasons for this gap and highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers while showing how this critical gap can be closed.

2015. 80 min. Documentary. NR. 

With special guest Brooke Wolford, PH.D. candidate at UM’s Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, for a post-film discussion.

About the speaker
Brooke is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan’s Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics with a B.S. in Quantitative Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the genetics causes of human diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, using computational methods. Alongside her success in academics she has been recognized by Michigan Medicine for Excellence in Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In this space, she co-founded a Girls Who Code club at U of M. The club, affiliated with the national organization, aims to provide opportunities for high-school-age girls to learn the Python programming language and data science skills.

Underwater Dreams

Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.

2015. 85 min. Documentary. NR. 

With special guests for a post-film discussion TBD.

Past Screenings

Beyond Measure

Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

Beyond Measure follows a new vanguard of educators across the country who are pioneering a fresh vision for American schools. Pulling from expert research in education, child development, and cognitive and neuroscience, these leaders are creating a new type of classroom. They’re leading schools that redirect our focus away from homework, prizes, top grades and test scores. And they’re making room for curiosity, engagement, creativity, collaboration and independent thinking. By putting innovative models into practice, they’re finding inspiration in doing things differently – and changing how and what we teach. Interweaving the expert voices of Sir Ken Robinson, Linda Darling-Hammond and Daniel Pink with the stories of real communities, Beyond Measure proves that classrooms can indeed unleash – rather than quash – our students’ potential.

2014. Documentary. 80 min.

Dr. Siân Owen-Cruise, School Administrator for Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, will lead the post-film discussion on the purpose of education, the measure of success and how our children are affected by today’s academic climate.

About the Speaker
Siân Owen-Cruise has a BS in Technical Communication, and a MA and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Argumentation.  She comes to her position as School Administrator at Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor with over 25 years of experience in Education, both teaching and administration.  Prior to her work in Waldorf Education, Siân was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, and she also has experience in the public side of education, working for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District as an Early Childhood Program administrator.