PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP
With the kind permission of Stuart Browning
The Australian Premiere of
“Our Education. Their Politics.”
Pictured below: Outraged University students (tomorrow’s leaders of the free world?) holding extensive protests demanding their University do something about opponents of affirmative action – who had recently held a bake sale and had the gumption to question -even to disagree with – the prevailing orthodoxy!
Join us this Monday evening as we dive into the intellectual and moral ugliness of today’s citadels of … ehm … “higher” learning.
Indoctrinate U is a documentary about the repressive climate within today’s University campuses. The documentary focuses on the American experience. But much or most of what it exposes seems to apply equally to Australia.
See tomorrow’s tyrants trained today. In a Uni near you.
Date: Monday February 14, 2011
Venue: Hollywood Palace cafe, 179 Bridge Road, Richmond
6.30 PM: The kitchen is open! Nick the Chef is back! With our special 5 star menu at 3 star prices!
7.30 PM: Commencement of Film + Chaired discussion.
Who: Only registered PRODOS Film Study Group members and guests of members allowed. You can apply to join on the night. To join you need to agree with our purpose and pay the $5 annual fee.
Policy: Leaving straight after a film and therefore skipping the discussion goes against one of the conditions upon which our permission to screen these films is based.
9.45 PM: End of meeting.
Cost: No charge. But if you’d like to make a personal donation to Prodos that’s greatly appreciated. (But please NEVER miss out just because you’re short of cash. We want you with us!)
Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training.
We usually associate such things totalitarian regimes, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement.
Evan Coyne Maloney, filmmaker & director:
When we think of going to college, we think of intellectual freedom. We imagine four years of exploring ideas through energetic, ongoing, critical thinking and debate.
But the reality is very far from the ideal. What most of us don’t know is that American college students check their First Amendment rights and individual freedom at the door.
Maloney has assembled a scorching indictment of higher education in … America today, one that should make students, parents, trustees, lawmakers, and concerned citizens sit up and take notice.
To make the film, director and star Evan Coyne Maloney traveled to campuses across the country, interviewing students, professors, and administrators to find out what life on campus is really like.
The film reveals a national campus culture in which speech codes rule the day; in which free inquiry has been replaced with prescribed, politically correct values; and in which students are not taught how to think, but what to think.
An explosive portrait of how colleges and universities routinely compel students to check their First Amendment rights at the door, Indoctrinate U makes the campus culture wars—often treated as abstract battles of ideas between conservatives and liberals—intensely personal and unforgettably human.
Indoctrinate U is a 2007 American feature-length documentary film written by, directed by and starring Evan Coyne Maloney, on ideological conformism and political correctness in American higher education.
Among other things, the film examines the use of institutional mechanisms such as speech codes, which are used to punish students who express political views that are unpopular within academia.
The film covers anti-military protests at UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University, treatment of conservative students at Cal Poly and the University of Tennessee, racial and ethnic politics at the University of Michigan and Yale, teaching at Duke and Columbia, among other subjects.
It also includes interviews with David French and Greg Lukianoff, (then respectively president and director of legal and public advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), Glenn Reynolds, Daniel Pipes and others.
Maloney spent two and a half years making the documentary by conducting interviews on various college campuses and with various thinkers. The film was preceded by two shorter versions, Brainwashing 101 and Brainwashing 201: The Second Semester. The two shorts led the 2004 American Film Renaissance festival to select Indoctrinate U as its “most anticipated documentary.”
In March 2007, Maloney appeared on Hannity’s America to discuss the film. On April 19 of the same year, he appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal where they showed clips from the film and took calls.
Indoctrinate U was produced by On the Fence Films with the support of the Moving Picture Institute, and Stuart Browning, Blaine Greenberg, and Thor Halvorssen. The film’s executive producers are Stuart Browning and Blaine Greenberg. Its associate producer is Frayda Levy. It was edited by Chandler Tuttle.
Excerpts from Amazon.com customer review by “ShamayimBlue”
Before watching the film I was aware of speech codes on college campuses and the intimidation of students and professors who express certain view points, but I wasn’t quite prepared for some of the things I saw in Evan Maloney’s film.
For instance, take two incidents from University of Tennessee.
In one, five white fraternity boys dressed up as the Jackson Five for an off-campus Halloween party;
when they returned to campus another student spotted them, took offense at their costumes, and reported them to administration.
They, along with their entire fraternity, were punished with suspension.
In another incident at the same school, a Sikh student wrote an opinion piece on increasing intellectual diversity in a committee that invites campus speakers; the committee would invite only people from the left of the political spectrum, and the student wanted to see more viewpoints expressed.
A member of this committee wrote an email referring to the Sikh student as a “raghead”, a terrorist, and saying that he should be shot in the face.
Now… what do you think happened to the person who wrote this hateful, bigoted email that actually incites violence against another student? He was given a slap on the wrist, not allowed to attend a couple of campus events, but that was about it.
So basically, white students dressing up as the Jackson five are suspended; a guy writing a racist, threatening email against a conservative Sikh student suffers no serious disciplinary reprisals.
…. Maloney interviews black professors who, because they question or oppose affirmative action, are often shunned by peers and considered “not really black” (a sentiment that’s blatantly racist).
Then there’s a psychology professor, well-liked by her students and having an excellent academic record, whose colleagues found out she was a Republican (not because she brought her politics into the classroom – in fact, she was one of the few professors who didn’t – but because her colleagues learned that her husband, a local businessman, belonged to some Republican commerce committee).
Her department began to harass her by having her office constantly moved around and by messing up her schedule, and they informed her that she would not have been hired had they known she was a Republican. She was removed as department chair, her family received threats, and a swastika was burned on her lawn.
… In addition to the surprising and shocking content of the film, I have to say it’s also a funny film too. Maloney is able to mix serious issues with humor, and it’s no wonder that the film has been such a hit among audiences who’ve seen it so far, including university students; the film’s tone never gets preachy.