- Jan 20 Job Talk - Migration, Social Movements, and the Right to Place
- Jan 20 Co-Sponsored Event - Coffee Hour with Derek Alderman: MLK Streets as Unfinished Civil Rights Work: The Need for Counter-Storytelling in a Trump America
- Jan 27 Job Talk - Just Borders: Place-Specific Duties and the Rights of Immigrants
Moral Repair In a Town This Size
The salience of this topic to the State College and Penn State communities, together with Mr. Brown's reasons for making the film made for a highly personal discussion. The film is a product of the filmmaker's own long effort to come to terms not only with his having been sexually abused as a child by this pediatrician, but also with the rift that grew between himself and his parents in the wake of their inability to comprehend what their six-year-old son was telling them as he tried to report the abuses. A film critic might wonder whether the lack of emotional distance between the filmmaker and the events and people portrayed prevented Mr. Brown from achieving the kind of objectivity we often expect from a documentary. However, those who provide support for people who have been sexually abused might respond that what is really important about this film, and about the discussion it prompts, is the role it plays in the healing process of an individual survivor and of this survivor's Oklahoma community, which is composed of survivors of these abuses and others who all have questions about their own varying degrees of responsibility for what occurred. The anti-sexual assault activists and therapists who organized the event would likely add that this film can also play an important role in the healing process of other communities, like our own, whose members and organizations are forced to confront the unsettling facts about childhood sexual abuse in towns their size.