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Parrhesiazestthai is the activity of telling dangerous truths. Films for the People tells multimedia stories about everyday people and their acts of truth-telling from within systems of marginalization. ~ Fran

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Dunbar High School (1916-1968) flourished in Texarkana, Texas for 7th to 12th grades, offering a community-based education to generations of Black families. In 1968 the high school was closed to integrate Texas High School. The Dunbar Buffalos, who were not yet alumni, joined the Texas Tigers to complete their high school careers. This is an interview film project of Dunbar alumni 50 years after the closing of the school during the occasion of their all-class reunion. Their oral histories and re-memory of educational experiences reveal countless victories for African American education. The project archives 22 individual interviews electronically, and develops short films that bind individual accounts to tell a collective story of the lived experiences of the alumni.

PUBLIC EDUCATION: Participatory Democracy After Neoliberalism explores community organizing for public education. The project follows teacher, parent, and community organizations as they make their voices heard and act publicly in the struggle against neoliberal education “reform.” While addressing national phenomena, the project documents actions and interviews activists on collective action against the dismantling and privatization of public education. This study witnesses participatory democracy to put the public into public education. The Digital Book combines short films with text and offers the reader/viewer options to navigate on each page. I also have a collection of films on my Vimeo ChannelThe Grid presents short films in rows and columns. The viewer can select shorts to watch from the main grid and pull up collections of shorts by clicking the various titles.

Who Should We Read? is a collection of short films of educators (future teachers, current teachers, and teacher educators) sharing their suggestions of who and what educators should read from ancient texts to contemporary works. Som of the readings are conventional and others may be surprising.

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