Just Mercy Discussion and Reading Group

Did you like the film Just Mercy? Join Drs. Liz Bradshaw, Leïla Ennaïli, and Christi Brookes for a discussion and reading group to further unpack Bryan Stevenson's important work. We'll meet virtually at 3 p.m. on Fridays on March 5, March 12, and March 19. This is open to all students. Please register to attend the discusison and reading group or contact Christi Brookes for more details.

Sociology Meet & Greet and Career Information Exchange

Tuesday, March 9
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Virtual Event: https://cmich.webex.com/meet/sente1ms

SOC 250 students will share the research they have done on career options for sociology majors and minors. Feel free to drop in for as long as you'd like during the meet and greet. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Senter at Mary.Senter@cmich.edu.

Spanish Film Festival - MONOS



Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in Pearce 127 and
Thursday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in Pearce 127
DIR. ALEJANDRO LANDES / COLOMBIA /103 MIN / 2019 / Spanish with English subtitles.
Monos is a breathtaking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels who run wild in the mountains of an unspecified South American country, while keeping watch over an American hostage, Doctora. The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and, within Monos, the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever-dream.

Screening Information for Monos

*This film will be screened for in-person viewing only, in Pearce 127 Auditorium. Limited audience capacity of 25 viewers each night; social distancing will be assured and mask wearing will be required.  

Spanish Film Festival - The Infiltrators


DIR. ALEX RIVERA & CRISTINA IBARRA / USA / 95 MIN / 2019 / Spanish with English subtitles
A true story of young immigrants who get detained by U.S. Border Patrol—on purpose—and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. Marco and Viri are members of a group of radical Dreamers on a mission to stop deportations, and they believe the best place to do that is in detention. The two young activists find themselves living among hundreds of multinational immigrants — all imprisoned without trial. As they discover a nightmarishly complex institution, they work undercover to impede some of the imminent deportations. Interlacing documentary footage of the real “infiltrators” with scripted re-enactments, The Infiltrators is both a gripping account of a high-stakes mission and an urgent, vital portrait of a group of inspirational young people fighting for change.

Streaming Access for The Infiltrators
User Name: SFC@CentralMichiganUniversity
Password: 6peliculas

Spanish Film Festival - The Queen of Spain


DIR. FERNANDO TRUEBA / SPAIN / 128 min / 2017 / Spanish with English subtitles
Famous movie star Macarena Granada (Penelope Cruz) flees the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return home to play Queen Isabella in an epic period film that has the local media buzzing. Once in Spain, she runs into former friends and colleagues while the film production goes through a roller coaster of emotional scenarios, including the return of a once-famous director, passionate affairs between crew members, and the hovering presence of Franco’s regime.

Streaming Access for The Queen of Spain

User Name: SFC@CentralMichiganUniversity
Password: 6peliculas

A reading by Darrin Doyle and Robert Fanning

Thursday, April 1
7:00 p.m.
Virtual Event: Matthew Roberson’s room: https://cmich.webex.com/meet/Rober1m

Join the Department of English Language and Literature for their Faculty Reading Series with faculty members Darrin Doyle and Robert Fanning.

Darrin Doyle is a Professor of English-Creative Writing and the author of five books of fiction, most recently the story collection Scoundrels Among Us (Tortoise Books), which The Bookends Review calls “a majorly imaginative, evocative, and rewarding read.” BULL magazine writes “His world vision, his heart, his ability to cut to the core of what makes humanity tic, what makes humanity ugly, what makes humanity beautiful–it all should be required reading for everybody.” His latest collectionThe Big Baby Crime Spree and Other Delusions (Wolfson Press), will be released in March, 2021. 

Robert Fanning is a Professor of English-Creative Writing and the author of six books of poetry, including four full-length collections: Severance (Salmon Poetry, 2019), Our Sudden Museum, (Salmon Poetry, 2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press, 2015) and Old Bright Wheel (The Ledge Press, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, The Atlanta Review, Waxwing, Thrush, The Cortland Review and many other journals. He is the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Spanish Film Festival - Don't Call Me Son


DIR. ANNA MUYLAERT / BRAZIL / 82 min / 2016 / Portuguese with English subtitles
This poignant coming-of-age film from Brazil is focused on Pierre, seventeen and in the middle of puberty. Ever since his father’s death, his mother Aracy has looked after him and his younger sister Jacqueline, spoiling them both. But when his mother is arrested for having stolen him from a hospital when he was a newborn baby, Pierre’s life changes dramatically. His biological parents Gloria and Matheus have spent seventeen years searching for him; they are now desperate to make up for the lost years and spend time with their eldest son, whom they call Felipe. Observed from a critical distance by his younger brother Joca, Pierre/Felipe moves in with his well-heeled new family, who are determined to mould him according to their ideals. But Pierre has his own designs for his life.

Streaming Access for Don't Call Me Son

User Name: SFC@CentralMichiganUniversity
Password: 6peliculas

Spanish Film Festival - Perfect Strangers


Perfect Strangers (Manolo Caro, Mexico, 2018)

From Mexican director Manolo Caro (Netflix’s The House of Flowers) comes the electrifying comedy about a seemingly simple dinner party. When a group of best friends gets together during a lunar eclipse to share an intimate meal in the tasteful house of Eva and Antonio, they suspect it’s just another typical night, until the hostess proposes a game. All guests must lay their cell phones on the table and read aloud all incoming messages and answer all incoming phone calls in front of the entire group. What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and “textual tension” in this over the top comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets.

Streaming Access for Perfect Strangers
User Name: SFC@CentralMichiganUniversity
Password: 6peliculas

Poster Exhibit & Tours: Revolution of Thought

Through April 22
Powers Hall

The year 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To raise awareness of this solemn anniversary, students from the CMU Honors Program and the Center for International Ethics partnered to install an educational poster exhibit in Powers Hall. The exhibit, "A Revolution of Thought," includes 30 posters with images from 1945 bombings.

CMU Honors students Michael Buzzy, Kelvin Hakemi and Michelle Powers set up the exhibit and lead informational tours through Powers Hall (available by reservation through the exhibit website). Their goal is to help educate their peers about the myriad of issues connected to the testing and use of nuclear weapons, including the historic Treaty for The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which takes effect in 2021.

The city of Hiroshima first sent the posters to Central Michigan University in 2014. The Center for International Ethics displayed the posters and hosted educational seminars.

For more information, contact Hope May at may1he@cmich.edu or visit the Revolution of Thought website.

Museum Exhibits

"Kozmic Clash: Peace, Love and Outer Space"

"Kozmic Clash: Peace, Love and Outer Space" explores the groundbreaking innovation and exploration, including Woodstock and the Apollo 11 moon landing. A VW bus and displays about local veterans and happenings of the time are also on exhibit.

"Feel the Music" in our Hands-On Gallery

"Feel the Music" offers fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Explore different types of instruments, aspects of music, dress up, and use technology to create your own music. Admission is free and open to the public. 

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm and Saturday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. The Museum is closed on Sundays, university holidays, and breaks. For more information, contact the museum at 989-774-3829 or cmuseum@cmich.edu.

Schoolhouse Saturdays

The 1901 Bohannon Schoolhouse is open to the public on the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May through October. Tour the schoolhouse and participate in fun, educational activities from another era. For more information, contact the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at 989-774-3829 or cmuseum@cmich.edu. Admission is free and open to the public. The schoolhouse is located on the southwest corner of West Campus Drive and Preston Street on the campus of Central Michigan University. Open map