The Department of Mass Media’s second annual See Me Series will focus on Ken Burns’ 2012 documentary, “The Central Park Five.” The See Me Series was created last year as one way for the department to emphasize identity and representation on campus, in the community, and as part of American culture.

The documentary recounts how five teenagers of color were wrongfully imprisoned for a rape that occurred in Central Park in 1989. The entire system—the police, the attorneys, journalists, and the courts—let them down. After someone else confessed to the crime, they were finally exonerated by DNA evidence and released. But not until after their lives had been altered forever.

The department is asking that students, faculty, and staff watch the film, which is available through Kent Library. This film is in the Library’s Kanopy collection and is available through the catalog link shared. The documentary also is available through the library’s Films on Demand platform.

The department will sponsor a panel to discuss the film at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19 in Rose Theatre (Grauel 225). The panel will not show the documentary, but asks that participants watch it prior to coming.

Jasmine Evans, a new instructor in the Mass Media Department, will moderate the panel of Southeast Missouri State University professors and students. The panelists include: Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson, director of jazz studies and associate professor of trombone/euphonium; Dr. Hamner Hill, professor in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion; Jowairia Khalid, senior multimedia journalism major; and Kennedy Hanner, senior public relations major.

The Department of Mass Media, housed in the Holland College of Arts and Media, is asking the entire campus to consider making this documentary a part of their classes and encourage participation. As an accredited department, Mass Media prioritizes diversity and inclusion as one of its top priorities.

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