Local

Western Washington University’s fall film series centers on diversity

Western Washington University’s Western Reads selection for fall quarter 2016 is “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, with relevant film screenings centered on diversity.
Western Washington University’s Western Reads selection for fall quarter 2016 is “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, with relevant film screenings centered on diversity. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Western Reads/First-Year Interest Groups fall film series, “Diversity and Diverse Voices in the American Cultural Landscape,” will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Sept. 27-Nov. 29, in Bond Hall 105 on the campus of Western Washington University.

All events are free and open to the public. The film choices are in support of this year’s Western Reads book, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A panel discussion will follow each film.

The fallschedule is:

Sept. 27: “James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket” (1989)

Oct. 4: “Within Our Gates” (1920)

Oct. 11: “Mississippi Burning” (1988)

Oct. 18: “Dear White People” (2014)

Oct. 25: “The Visitor” (2007)

Nov. 1: “El Norte” (1983)

Nov. 8: “Meet the Patels” (2014)

Nov. 15: “Smoke Signals”(1998)

Nov. 29: “The Fall” (2006)

Western Reads is a campus-wide reading program designed to promote intellectual engagement, community and conversation among new students. A complimentary copy of the book is given to incoming freshmen and transfer students at Western.

“Between the World and Me” is written as a letter from Coates to his 15-year-old son, examining the effects of racism during Coates’ formative years in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as through his son’s more contemporary moment as a millennial.

For information, contact Dawn Dietrich, Western Reads program director, at Dawn.Dietrich@wwu.edu.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

  Comments