National Center Programs Past Events
Common Ground: A Screening & Dialogue On New Muslim Cool
Take a trip through urban life in the post-9/11 United States with Hamza Perez, who defies the definition of "America’s worst nightmare." This thought-provoking documentary follows Hamza's journey from the recording studio to the mosque, from single fatherhood to married life, from street life to community activism. Join him on his spiritual quest for interfaith friendships and struggles as a prison chaplain. The movie will be followed by a dialogue about religion, race and culture as well as remarks from filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor.
RSVP’s are encourage. Please email your name and the number in your part to NMCscreening@gmail.com
Letters to A Student Revolutionary
Sunday, March 1 @ 3:00PM & 7:30 PM
In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Written by Elizabeth Wong, and directed by Peter J. Kuo, Letters is about a decade-long correspondence between two pen pals and their search for true democracy. Panel discussion of civil and human rights advocates and scholars will follow the Sunday matinee performance at 5 PM. $15 members/Student/Seniors/Groups (10+); $20 for non-members.
For more information and/or to make ticket reservations, go to: www.addwordproductions.com or call 310-594-3068.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION: TIANANMEN STORY: A Photo Essay Exhibition by Visual Artists Guild, with additional special photographs by Catherine Bauknight
FREE! Tuesday, January 20 from 7 am to 10 am
The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institution that provides tools for living democratically in a diverse American society. Partnering with educators and community-based mentors, the National Center works to inspire youth to become active, informed participants in shaping democracy in America. For more information, go to: www.ncdemocracy.org/.
The True Patriot
For more information about the book, visit www.truepat.org/
Global Jazz at the National Center: Iraida Noriega & Trio
Jazz is widely considered to be the quintessential American art form. Musicians from Nairobi to Tokyo have embraced its porous inventiveness by adding new sounds to make it their own. In keeping with the spirit of celebrating the best of American cultural contributions to our world, the National Center is launching Global Jazz @ the National Center. The occasional series opens with a rare visit by Mexican vocalist and composer, Iraida Noriega. Her voice has been called nothing short of "incandescent" and an exciting glimpse into the future of Mexican jazz. Tickets $10. Advance purchase recommended by calling 213-625-0414.
Eric Alterman, "Is Democracy in America Even Possible?"
Walter Lippmann and John Dewey argued over the character and quality of American democracy in the 1920s with each offering devastating but almost perfectly oppositional critiques. In many ways, they were both correct, but the problems each identified have only metastasized. The media are supposed to be the watchdogs of democracy and as well as our surrogates in its practice. This idea was always an idealized one, but increasingly it has become more and more difficult to sustain if one looks at the cold hard reality of both our media and our political system. Eric Alterman, prolific author, media critic, and columnist for The Nation, visits Zócalo to explore the emergence of what he calls America's "pseudo-democracy."
This event is free; however, reservations are required and must be made at www.zocalola.org or 213.403.0416.