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In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619, SJR State is participating in the "2019 Commemoration of 400 Years of African American History." The College will host a series of impactful events for the community. All are welcome to attend these events.

Visit the SJR State Library page for a complete list of events.




April 9, 7:00 p.m. | Orange Park Campus - Room D14
SCIENCE CAFE – PROFILING A PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF CRIME: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CRAFT AND ART


Free and open to the public.
Speaker: Retired FBI Agent Bill Cheek
Bill Cheek served for 30 years as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As a case agent, he investigated a variety of federal crimes. In addition to his investigative duties, he was selected as an original member of the Criminal Profiling Section of Behavioral Science Unit and served as a field coordinator for 20 years. Cheek responded to requests for a criminal profile by collecting the case history, reviewing the crime scene evidence, and preparing a subject profile. He worked with law enforcement officers to identify violent criminals through the resources of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Advisory Board.


April 11, 10:00 a.m. | Palatka Campus, Building A, Valhalla Hall
THE WHOLE STAIRCASE FILM SERIES - THE HELP


Ms. Sunshine Nealy will present this film. Run time: 146 minutes
"In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community."


April 11, 5:30 p.m. | Orange Park Campus, Room D-14
THE WHOLE STAIRCASE FILM SERIES - THE BIRTH OF A NATION


Presented by Dr. Gregory Shealy, professor of history. Full running time: 205 mins
Due to its length, Dr. Shealy will show the second half of the movie (beginning after the film's intermission break).
"A profoundly influential and controversial film, this is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans. It energized the NAACP and also inspired African-Americans to move into filmmaking as a way to offer alternative images and stories."
This film was released in 1915 and is not rated.


April 11, 5:30 p.m. | St. Augustine Campus Library, Room L-112
THE WHOLE STAIRCASE FILM SERIES - FENCES


Presented by Paul Andrews, professor of English. Full running time: 139 mins
"Adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a black garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh named Troy Maxson. Bitter about his lot in life, Maxson frequently takes out his frustrations on his loved ones."
This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, and some suggestive references.


April 15, 2:00 p.m. | Palatka Campus Library, L-219C
TRENDING TOPICS – AFTER AUSCHWITZ


Public Services Librarian Brittnee Fisher will present this 82 minute film.
"You're free. Go home." Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. But AFTER AUSCHWITZ is not a typical "Holocaust" film. It begins with these words, inviting audiences to experience what happened next. AFTER AUSCHWITZ is a "Post-Holocaust" documentary that follows six extraordinary women, capturing what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life. These powerful women serve as our guides on an unbelievable journey, sometimes celebratory, sometimes heartbreaking but always inspiring. Winner of the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Long Beach International Film Festivaland at the Nantucket Film Festival.

TrendingTopics is a film series curated by the Library for SJR State students/employees and the public featuring a documentary and post-screening discussion.


April 17, 2:00 p.m. | St. Augustine Campus Library, L-112
TRENDING TOPICS – GET READY FOR STORM SEASON


During the summer of 2017, three monster hurricanes swept in from the Atlantic, one after another, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people. Dive into the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. How can scientists better predict these storms, and what does the 2017 season tell us about the likelihood of similar storms in the future?

TrendingTopics is a film series curated by the Library for SJR State students/employees and the public featuring a documentary and post-screening discussion.


April 17, 5:30 p.m. | Palatka Campus, Building A, Valhalla Hall
THE WHOLE STAIRCASE FILM SERIES - MOONLIGHT


Presented by Kevin Kelly, professor of theatre. Full running time: 111 mins
"Oscar-winner for Best Picture, MOONLIGHT is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.

Winner of multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Adapted Screenplay. Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama. Winner of Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

"If you think art should challenge us, then you will embrace writer-director Barry Jenkins' exquisitely crafted drama "Moonlight." It's a true American masterpiece and one of the best films of the decade." - Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer"
This film is rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout.