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Auteur Film Series
Education and Other Dangerous Things
“A little learning is a dangerous thing / Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain / And drinking largely sobers us again.”
-Alexander Pope

The Pierian spring on Mount Olympus was the very “fount of knowledge” for the Greeks. This year’s films focus not on dabblers and dilettantes, but on those who “drink deep” from the sobering waters of knowledge.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela

These education stories are also transformation stories. The dynamic characters that people these tales of learning are engaged in a metamorphosis that begins within. From there, education is a revolution that moves outward to confront ignorance and injustice.

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
- Helen Keller

Finally, these films about education have an existence beyond their endings. Once begun, education continues as an unbroken story, and learning becomes a modus vivendi. In this ‘mode of living,’ these characters stop seeing the world only in relation to themselves. Instead, they begin to experience the world as a shared reality. To know the world is to become more intimate with it. Thus in its highest form, education promotes not just acceptance but active good will.

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff. The series supports the college's core values of learning, creativity and involvement by engaging students through film and discussion.

All screenings are free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before the film begins. Seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

Dr. Carolyn Perry, Auteur Film Series Director

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Angelika Film Center in Plano
(R, 1997, dir. Gus Van Sant, 126 minutes)
A young janitor with an incredible gift for mathematics and a giant chip on his shoulder transforms his life with help from an insightful psychologist.
7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Central Park Campus Conference Center
(PG, 1950, dir. George Cukor, 103 minutes)
Paul, an erudite journalist, takes on the task of tutoring Billie, who is the uneducated but savvy mistress of Harry, a wealthy thug visiting Washington, D.C. to buy a few senators.
Presented in conjunction with The Dignity Initiative

7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
(R, 1986, dir. Randa Haines, 119 minutes)
An unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with a brilliant deaf woman, and the two struggle to overcome the complex personal and cultural barriers between them.

7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Angelika Film Center in Plano
(R, 2009, dir. Lee Daniels, 110 minutes)
Precious, a teen battered in body, mind, and spirit, enrolls in an alternative school and begins to think about herself and her world in a new way.
Presented in conjunction with The Dignity Initiative
and African American History Month

7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015
Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
(PG, 1987, dir. Louis Malle, 104 minutes)
A student at a Catholic boarding school during the Nazi occupation of France becomes friends with one of several Jewish students living at the school under assumed “Catholic” identities.

7 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
(PG, 1989, dir. Peter Weir, 128 minutes)
In 1959, a group of students at a conservative prep school are revolutionized by the life-changing lessons of a new teacher.
Presented in conjunction with Writers Bloc

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Spring Creek Campus
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

Preston Ridge Campus
9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco

Central Park Campus
2200 W. University Drive, McKinney

Angelika Film Center
The Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Rd., Plano

The Auteur Film Series is supported by
the Communication and Humanities Division at Collin College.
Carolyn Perry, Ph.D.
Auteur Film Series Director
Professor of Humanities and Film
Collin College

Communication and Humanities Division

Spring Creek Campus, B189