Multicultural Studies Film & Speakers Festival

The Multicultural Studies Program hosted its 6th Annual Multicultural Film & Speakers Festival March 1-3, 2012, in Moore Auditorium. Co-sponsors included the Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs (MCISA); Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences; College of Arts & Sciences; Department of History, Politics, & International Studies; Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; and the Webster University Film Series.

Our 2012 film series was a great success, and we thank everyone for their support. The first film in the series, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, played to a full house.

Pruitt Igoe
The "Pruitt-Igoe Myth" audience in Moore Auditorium.


The 2012 film and speaker series:

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Speakers: former residents of the Pruitt-Igoe complex

Pruitt Igoe Myth Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project's residents. In the post-War years, the American city changed in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its wake. The next time the city changes, remember Pruitt-Igoe
(83 min.).

Webster University multicutural film series 2012, 2(Miss)Representation
Speakers: Women's Studies faculty and students

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. The film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem reveal facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective (90 min.).

Webster University multicultural film series 2012, 3Being Elmo
Speakers: Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.