“Meth Storm” Documentary Screening

Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:30 pm

Meth Storm” tells the story of rural, economically disadvantaged users and dealers whose addiction and lack of job opportunities have landed them in an endless cycle of poverty and incarceration. The documentary focuses on an impoverished rural Arkansas community where abuse is rampant, thanks to a plentiful supply of cheap and potent imported crystal meth and a depressed economy that offers little incentive to kick the habit.

A reception begins at 6:30 pm with the screening at 7 pm, to be followed by a brief conversation. The discussion after the film will be led by Dr. Stephen Powell, a family medicine doctor in Austin.

The screening is part of the “Controversy & Conversation” series, a collaboration between the Austin Public Library and the Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues Program at the University of Texas. More information online and on the Facebook event page.

Location: Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, 78702

Screening of “Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution”

Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

“Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution” is a documentary about coming of age in today’s young adult hookup culture. Following the journey of college students on Spring Break, the film provides insight into attitudes and behaviors regarding sex, the normalization of sexual violation, and the struggle against conceptions of gender and sexuality shaped by the media.

A panel discussion with filmmakers will follow the screening. Register online for the free event.

Location: University of Texas, Art Building (ART 1.102), 2301 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin

Panel on Redistricting, the Census, and the Fair Maps Project

Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Speakers will discuss the 2020 census, redistricting in 2021, and the Fair Maps for Texas coalition, which aims to ensure fair districts and representation. Panelists will include Stephanie Swanson, League of Women Voters; Michael Sarahan, Software Engineer; Anthony Gutierrez, Common Cause Texas; and moderator Mike Ignatowski.

The event is sponsored by Common Ground for Texans., a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Austin, Texas.

Location: Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center, Austin

Reading: “Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical”

Date: March 5, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

University of Texas history professor Jacqueline Jones will discuss her new book, Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical. The book tells the story of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851, she was raised in Texas, where she met her husband, the Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons. Lucy Parsons was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. Her life also was riddled with contradictions—she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans.

Jones, who is chair of UT’s History Department and a former MacArthur Fellow, teaches courses in American history and is author of numerous other books, including A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America.

Location: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, 78703


danah boyd on “Hacking Big Data: Discovering Vulnerabilities in a Sociotechnical Society”

Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm  to  6:30 pm

danah boyd, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, will address the challenges presented by big data and machine learning, raising critical questions about fairness and accountability. boyd, the founder and president of Data & Society and a visiting professor at New York University, is the author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and Participatory Culture in a Networked Age.

The event is sponsored by the Media Ethics Initiative in the College of Communication at the University of Texas. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: University of Texas, Belo Center for New Media (BMC 1.202), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin