NMSU Library hosting a special screening of Change the Subject

Mark your calendars!

The New Mexico State University Library will host a special screening of Change the Subject, a 55-minute documentary film that examines how the Library of Congress subject heading “illegal alien” became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. The screening will take place on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the CMI Digital Media Theater in Milton Hall Room 171. The event is free and open to the public. A short discussion on immigration, campus activism, and library terminology will take place at the conclusion of the film.

Change the Subject tells the story of a group of students at Dartmouth College, who from their first days at the school, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples. In partnership with staff at Dartmouth College, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog. Their advocacy took them all the way from their campus library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. To view the film trailer, visit https://vimeo.com/294448570.

This program is sponsored by the New Mexico State University Library, the Creative Media Institute for Film and Digital Arts, and the Department of Anthropology. For information regarding parking at NMSU, visit https://park.nmsu.edu/visitor.


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