Film and Speaker Series

Films presented in the UHCL Film and Speaker Series not only provide entertainment, but also address relevant issues in the world today. Speakers have expertise in at least one of the issues raised by the movie.

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Spring 2019 Films

  January 26 - Boy Erased

Boy Erased film poster

Boy Erased (R)

Saturday, January 26
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Jonathan Schmalz-Benson, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Training Director for Counseling Services

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

 At 19, Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor, is outed to his parents.  Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man's struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.

  February 2 - A Private War

A Private War film poster

A Private War (R)

Saturday, February 2
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speakers: The editorial staff of the UHCL student newspaper, The Signal

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the front lines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.

  February 9 - Green Book

Green Book film poster

Green Book (PG-13)

Saturday, February 9
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Dr. Comeka Anderson Diaz

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

When a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley a world-class African-American pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Based on actual events.

  March 9 - RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg film poster


Saturday, March 9
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall

  • Dr. Christal Seahorn (WGST and Writing)
  • Dr. Kim Dodson (Criminology)
  • Dr. Helen Jin (Criminology)
  • Dr. Christine Walther (WGST and Psychology), Moderator

Free admission and parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career.

  March 22 - Vice

film poster for Vice


Friday, March 22
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Nick Lampson

Free with UHCL student ID. All others, $4.00
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

  March 23 - Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns film poster

Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

Saturday, March 23
2 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall

Free to groups with any UHCL ID. All others, $4.00.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

Mary Poppins Returns delivers both nostalgia and novelty, combining the joy and imagination of childhood with an underlay touch of melancholy.  The honest sentimentality will keep audiences happy as the picture pays homage to the original.  For children from 8 to 80+. Golden Globe nominated.

Shown in partnership with

  March 30 - On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex film poster

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)

Saturday, March 30
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall

  • Maria Curtis (Associate Professor of Anthropology)
  • Patricia Droz (Assistant Professor of Writing)
  • Comeka Diaz (Visiting Lecturer for Criminology)
  • Anne Gessler (Lecturer, First-Year Seminar and Humanities)
  • Frances Kavenik, (Literature and Film, UW-Parkside Women’s Studies Program)
  • Angela Howard (Professor of History), Moderator

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

A stirring and immersive film that tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she brings a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. It beautifully argues the importance of Ginsburg's work - prior to the Supreme Court - and is a lovely tribute to the woman who would become the Notorious RBG.

  April 13 - Ben is Back

Ben is Back film poster

Ben is Back (R)

Saturday, April 13
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall

  • Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director for Counseling, Health, and Career Services
  • Lille Vandekar, Doctoral Candidate

Free admission. Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

Nineteen year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly is relieved and welcoming, but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe. Provides an excellent view into the effect on families of a scourge of epidemic proportions in the US.

Shown in partnership with UHCL Counseling Services.

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