Feature Films to Open Up Conversations About Race in America: Green Book

November 4, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm, Furcolo Hall 125

Movie Still of the Green Book - Viggo mortensen in a car driving Mahershala Ali

While movies that deal with issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation, can serve as tools for creating opportunities for conversations, discussions, and learning, these conversations rarely happen organically. The purpose of this film series is to provide a forum for the College of Education community—faculty, staff, students—to come together to have conversations and to achieve a greater understanding of difference. This is the first of three movies that will be viewed and discussed this semester.

Pizza, popcorn, and soda will be provided.

Green Book Film Synopsis

When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.