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Keene State Hosts Filmmaker to Discuss Impact of Deviating from Status Quo Curriculum

Discussion With Filmmaker Will Take Place After Each Film Showing

Keene, NH, April 3, 2012: Keene State College will host filmmaker Eren Isabel McGinnis for a screening and discussion of her film “Precious Knowledge” as part of the college’s “Diverse Voices in the Field” series. The documentary “Precious Knowledge” illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle.

While 48 percent of Mexican American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High’s Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent, on average, of enrolled students graduating from high school and 85 percent going on to attend college. Despite the program’s educational success, Arizona lawmakers are trying to shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism.

Where and when:
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Centennial Hall in the Alumni Center, Keene State College

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Noon and again at 2 p.m.

Putnam Theater, Keene State College

A trailer for “Precious Knowledge” is available for viewing online at

This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by Diverse Voices from the Field and the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism. For more information, contact Dottie Morris at 603-358-2206 or

Eren Isabel McGinnis is the co-founder of the feminist filmmaking company Café Sister Productions and has produced 19 movies including POV’s Tobacco Blues, The Girl Next Door (shortlisted for an Oscar!), Beyond the Border, The Spirituals, and Dos Vatos-México. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Diego State University, and a certificate in Film and Video Theory and Production from the University College Dublin, in Ireland. McGinnis, a Fulbright scholar, spent a year living, writing, and filmmaking in Juchitán, México.

About Keene State College

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