The Siegel Institute created the Lunch and a Book or Movie Series to bring faculty and students together from different disciplines on campus to discuss ethics and leadership in a collaborative fashion, informally, over lunch. The Siegel Institute announces the event opportunity to faculty asking for their paricipation, and asks them to invite a student of their choice to participate with them. The first six faculty respondents and their selected students then become the participants for each event. The Institute provides the faculty member and the student with a complimentary DVD of the movie or copy of the book in advance, and provides a lunch for the entire group on the meeting date.
This series began with three events in 2008 and, based on positive feedback from faculty and students, the Institute doubled the number of events to six in 2009-2010 and six in 2010-2011. Additional events increased the discussions to seven in 2011-2012, and now eight in 2012-2013.
The 2012-2013 Lunch and a Book or Movie Series has been a great success. The series began in August with a discussion of the book The Hunger Games. This event, facilitated by Dr. Amy Woszczynski, was followed by a discussion of the movie The Ides of March facilitated by Dr. Kerwin Swint. The October event, facilitated by Dr. Nancy Hoalst Pullen, will discuss the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, and the final event in the series for 2012 will be a discussion facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Giddens of the book Lost Mountain.
Fall 2013 Lunch and a Book/Movie Discussion Series:
September 3, Noon - 2:00 p.m., Siegel Institute, Suite 2400, Town Point. The movie MissRepresentation explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
October 15, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Siegel Institute, Suite 2400, Town Point. The book The Adonis Complex: How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys offers evidence of the lengths men will go to achieve an Adonis-like physique. Join a group discussion of the ethical implications of stereotypical body images in boys and men.
November 13, Noon - 2:00 p.m., Siegel Institute, Suite 2400, Town Point. The movie Powder delves into the issue of what it's like to be physically different. Join a discussion of the ethical considerations of body image and how looking different from the norm can affect how others view you.
Spring 2014 Lunch and a Book/Movie Discussion Series:
January 15, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Siegel Institute, Suite 2400, Town Point. Violent skinhead Bryon Widner's face, neck, and hands were covered with intimidating racist tattoos. Then he began a series of painful and extensive tattoo removal procedures. Erasing Hate chronicles Bryon's world of racist skinheads, yet offers hope in the story of one man's escape from the life of violence, addiction, and bigotry.
April 17, Noon - 2:00 p.m., Siegel Institute, Suite 2400, Town Point. In Katie: The Real Story, bestselling author Edward Klein writes a probing portrait of a struggling news queen and rips away the mask that has hidden the many faces of Katie Couric. Katie: The Real Story chronicles her rise to the top--from her early days at CNN to her nightly spot on CBS.
April 29, noon - 2:00 p.m., Siegel Institute, Suite 2400, Town Point. Part biography, part live performance, Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White's career from his stint as an underground cartoonist to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee's Playhouse, as well as his work animating music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel.