Public Invited to Film and Diversity Discussion at PSU

February 15th, 2006 by Adam

Inspiring thought-provoking discussion and the exchange of ideas and experiences, Plymouth State University (PSU) will host a free viewing of the film “Crash” followed by a discussion on diversity and discrimination.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is on Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the new Boyd Science Center, room 144, on the PSU campus.

“Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other,” says the tagline for the 2005 film Crash, (Lion Gate Films, Paul Haggis, director). Designed to intrigue audience members, the film will be followed by “Why can’t we all just get along,’” a roundtable discussion on diversity and discrimination.

In the film—which has been nominated for five Academy Awards—several stories interweave during two days in post-9/11 Los Angeles in which Americans from many ethnic and economic backgrounds “crash” together in dramatic moments as they are exposed to one another’s fears and prejudices, and deal with real-life issues such as racism, prejudice, class struggle, family expectations, xenophobia and violence. The film shows that while human relationships are complex—even messy—there is also hope.

Following the two-hour movie will be a 40-minute facilitated discussion featuring a panel of PSU students and faculty. In a special activity, both the panel and audience members will be asked to adopt the identity of certain characters as they watch the film (an Iranian shopkeeper or Latino locksmith, for instance). After the film, audience members will discuss race and prejudice from their character’s perspective, to challenge viewers to identify with people from other race communities and examine their own views on race in new ways.

The event is cosponsored by the PSU President’s Commission on Diversity, United Campus Ministry and the social science department. Free tickets for the movie Crash followed by the discussion can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Hartman Union Building Student Activities Office on the PSU campus until March 1 or reserved by phone by calling 535-2639. Tickets reserved by phone will be mailed to on-campus addresses. Phone reservations for off-campus groups will be held and available at the door. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Deborah John at Plymouth State University, (603) 535-3113 or

Plymouth State University, founded in 1871, is a coeducational, residential university with an enrollment of approximately 3,800 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students. A regional comprehensive university, PSU preserves the brick-and-ivy look of its New England small college heritage while integrating state-of-the-art technology and facilities into an attractive, contemporary campus design and dynamic educational environment. PSU is a cultural center for the area, as well, with numerous concerts, lectures, art exhibitions, films, dance and theatre performances on campus.

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