November 2014, Volume 18, Number 4



Another Look at the Other

To bring humor and understanding to complex intellectual debates, MDC’s Hialeah Campus kicked off the fall season with its new discussion series The Other and I. The talks provoke critical thinking by using popular adventure films to address the issues of diversity, equity, equal rights and freedom. The series at MDC is being presented in conjunction with the City of Hialeah.

In The Other and I, MDC faculty scholars examine the philosophical ideas behind cultural diversity. They focus on themes of identity and otherness while identifying the rich cultural contributions that the Hispanic population has made to South Florida and Hialeah, in particular. The films have been selected for not only their mark on popular culture but also their ability to attract a wide range of audiences.

With a subtle salute to philosophical giants such as Derrida, Lacan and Foucault, each film addresses the common theme of the outsider or “the other,” along with the challenges of finding one’s place in a multicultural society. At the same time, the films in the series reinforce the idea that cultural differences build rather than fragment communities.

The Other and I enables students and everyone in the community to share their thoughts on the diversity of people and how important it is to embrace our differences as a society,” said Hialeah Campus President Dr. Mattie Roig-Watnik. “These films provide a rich forum for conversation and unity, so we are grateful to the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities for providing us this opportunity to enhance cultural awareness.”

Looking Forward and Back at the Other

The Other and I series opened at Hialeah Campus with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Upcoming films in the lecture series, which is free and open to the public, include:

  • The Matrix, 2 p.m., Nov. 8 at Hialeah’s John F. Kennedy Library
  • Elysium, 5 p.m., Nov. 13 at Hialeah’s John F. Kennedy Library
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 6 p.m., Nov. 19 in Room 5101 at Hialeah Campus

— BK

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