I Learn America: Film Screenings and Community Conversations in Three Cities
I Learn America: One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans, is a documentary that follows five immigrant teenagers over the course of one year as they strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, confront universal trials of adolescence, and search for a future they can claim as their own. French-born director Jean-Michel Dissard has ignited a national dialogue on immigration from New York to Honolulu through the film.
Now, screenings of I Learn America and community workshops with Jean-Michel will take place in three cities; Facing History, an educational program focused on combatting prejudice, will partner with I Learn America to take the conversation to Los Angeles, Chicago, and Cleveland over the next two months. Jean-Michel and students featured in the film will be present at each screening for a discussion.
November 3, 2014 — Los Angeles
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
445 Charles E Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
November 19, 2014 — Chicago
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please visit facinghistory.org or call 312-345-3203.
Facing History and Ourselves combats racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice and nurtures democracy through education programs worldwide. Through professional development and individualized coaching, Facing History supports teachers in fostering transformative dialogue in their classrooms to help students think critically about issues of diversity and identity, inclusion and exclusion, and the integration of newcomers into our communities.
A Message from Jan and Marica Vilcek
Our founders arrived as penniless refugees over fifty years ago, but with the kindness and opportunity they received in the United States, they went on to accomplish great things in biomedical science and art history. Read their statement on the recent executive order imposing a travel ban.