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COL: Film and Lecture Series 2023-2024: Fall 2021 Film & Lecture Series

"We are excited to announce our 2021-2022 Film and Lecture Series--please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details about guest speakers and events! We have exciting plans and collaborations coming up this year.  

Unless otherwise noted, events are held in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center and are free and open to the public." 

-  Leigh Kolb, English and Journalism Instructor, Student Media Adviser, English, Journalism and Mass Media Faculty Mentor


Friday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. - Crip Camp Documentary Screening  and guest speaker, Sarah Schwegel, in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center.

Crip Camp premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film shows the origins of the modern disability rights movement through the lens of activists who attended Camp Jened in the early 1970s.

Sarah Schwegel is the Organizing and Advocacy Specialist at Paraquad in St. Louis since fall 2019.  Prior experience includes working in Diversity and Inclusion at Nestle Purina PetCare (2015-2017), as a Graduate Assistant in the Political Science Department at Saint Louis University (2017-2018), and then from 2018-2019, Sarah was the Youth Transition Coordinator at Starkloff Disability Institute. She is a 2015 graduate of Maryville University with a Bachelor's in Rehabilitation and a 2018 graduate of Saint Louis University with a Master’s in Public Administration.  She is passionate about helping people with disabilities become as independent as possible through self-advocacy and policy change. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah’s favorite activity was going to Jefferson City with Paraquad participants to advocate for a policy change that would benefit the disability community, now she enjoys being vocal about social justice issues on social media. 


Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. - Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten Documentary Screening and Lecture

This documentary covers the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Dr. Geoff K. Ward, Washington University Professor of African and African-American Studies, will deliver a guest lecture via Zoom before a screening of the documentary.  Zoom link can be found on the Facebook event page.


Friday, Nov. 5 – Dr. Ruby Payne to discuss Emotional Poverty (hosted by the Franklin County Community Resource Board—limited public seating, registration is required) 

In order to attend this event in person the Franklin County Community Resource Board will be requiring that all in-person attendees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test performed within 72-hours prior to the event.  Mask are required inside of all buildings on the East Central College Campus.  Due to the nature of this event, social distancing will not be possible. Registration is required. 

November: International Online Film Festival 

Watch two films, complete a survey and enter to win!

Nov. 15-19 – International Education Week – events throughout the week