On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, CLACS will host a screening of a set of short documentary films by young Latin American scholar-activists that show how citizens in Medellin, Colombia and Zacatecas, Mexico surmount challenges of poverty, violence and social exclusion with dignity, resilience, and innovation.
Froylan Enciso of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC-San Diego and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Tamera Merko of Emerson College and Duke University, and Jota Samper of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will screen short films and offer reflections on their work.
The event will take place at 5 p.m. at the Watson Institute for International Studies in Joukowsky Forum.
Free and open to the public.
Synopses of the films follow:
This documentary is not yet another condemnation of the problems within the Mexican education system. Middle school students, teachers, and families from the modest town of Presa de Maravillas, Zacatecas show us that an alternative education system is possible, when teaching and learning are interest-driven. Learning communities, created through the construction of tutoring networks, have been the key in their school to teaching students to be more confident in their ability to learn. If you’re interested in learning more about tutoría, how this teaching model can change the fabric of society, and where and how this innovative form of teaching and learning is emerging, all you need to do is watch and listen. The teachers and students from Presa de Maravillas will explain it to you, in a way both friendly and inspiring.