CIVIC LIFE PROJECT: Sunday, June 12th, 11:30AM, The Millerton Moviehouse

How dangerous is the internet to your privacy? How much does religion influence political decisions? What is the real difference in education between prep schools, public high schools and charter schools? These are just a few of the topics student film makers are tackling this year as part of the Civic Life Project. We will screen five mini-documentaries with their students producers on hand to discuss them.

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RALPH NADAR: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, 7:30 PM, March 4, 2016

This is the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed a book that launched the modern consumer movement. It took only five months for Congress to pass and President Johnson to sign into law the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. According to the Center for Auto safety NHTSA’s design standards, recalls, and general auto-safety-related measures would reduce the rate of deaths per mile driven by nearly 80 percent.

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BOB MANKOFF: The Power of Cartoons: 7:30 PM, Friday, September 18, 2015, Hotchkiss School, Walker Auditorium

What makes a cartoon funny? When is a cartoon dangerous? How do people react to cartoons? Bob Mankoff has been creating cartoons for more than 40 years. He has been the cartoon editor of The New Yorker since 1997. He now looks at over a thousand cartoons each week to select the 16 or so that will appear in the magazine. He personally has created over 900 cartoons that have appeared in The New Yorker.

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