Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide follows six actress-advocates including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, and Olivia Wilde as they travel to six countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and developing real, meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.
Testing Milton Friedman
Tue, 10/02/2012 - 7:00pm
Equality of Opportunity -- the panelists explore Friedman’s ideas and the possible implications of equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. The panelists include: Walter Williams, Shikha Dalmia, Matthew Yglesias, and John Bouman.
AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultiural Exchange
Mon, 10/01/2012 - 7:00pm
AN AFRICAN ELECTION grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana’s 2008 presidential elections. Capturing the intrigue of electioneering, the intensity of the vote-counting process, and the mood of the countrymen whose fate lies precariously in the balance, director Jarreth Merz’s coverage unfolds with all the tension of a political thriller, revealing the emotions, passions, and ethical decisions that both threaten—and maintain—the integrity of the democratic process.
Sun, 09/30/2012 - 5:00pm
OUR SUMMER IN TEHRAN follows filmmaker and long-time Globe Trekker host Justine Shapiro, a Jewish-American, and her six-year-old son to Iran. Over the course of three months, Justine and Mateo share daily life in Tehran with three very different middle-class families in their homes, at their jobs, in playgrounds and in cafés.
Fri, 09/28/2012 - 7:00pm
HARD PROBLEMS follows the six exceptional high school students who represented the United States in 2006 at the world's toughest math competition — the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Each year, the grueling and exhilarating contest pits the top teams from 90 countries against one another. In their quest to solve some of the most challenging problems, these dedicated and talented young men and women — some immigrants, others U.S.-born — shatter many stereotypes and clichés about the mathematically gifted.
Thu, 09/27/2012 - 6:00pm
Amidst the debate over fixing the country's ailing education system, THE GAME CHANGERS tells of a bold initiative designed to transform American classrooms. In 2009, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation launched an innovative pilot program to identify high-ability people in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), fund their training at four universities and create new teacher-preparation programs that focus on the skills and knowledge needed in the Information Age.
Wed, 09/26/2012 - 7:00pm
Learning to read, do math and other subjects happens when students care about what they are learning, rather than drilling them with subject matter largely divorced from their real lives. This engaging documentary provides a first hand look at K-12 schools and classes that weave community and societal problem solving through their curriculum as a way of both preparing students for active participation in democratic society, as well as motivating them to learn basic skills as part of a meaningful educational experience.
Tue, 09/25/2012 - 6:00pm
ORIGINAL MINDS depicts how five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work and discover that they are smarter than they thought. In a one-size-fits-all educational system, kids with learning differences suffer from lack of self-esteem.