Intersections Film Series
Hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Penn State
Penn State continues to monitor closely the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To protect the community’s health, current Penn State guidance has cancelled all non-essential events through June 30, 2020. Once a decision has been made about the 2020-21 academic year, we will let you know how our plans will take form to continue providing a space to build community around sustainability through film and community dialogue. Thank you to the more than 1,200 of you who joined us this last year and please stay safe during this difficult time.
Intersections. A sustainable world is one of intersections–between sustainable development goals like gender equity and climate change and between fields of study that approach these issues, from engineering to sociology to visual arts. In 2019-2020, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute offered two series of films under this theme that invite us to engage at these intersections in sustainability. Check back soon to see what we have in store for 2020-2021.
Landscapes of Labor — Work is one of the defining properties of humanity. Our work gives us sustenance, gives us purpose, and gives us dignity. Except when it doesn’t. History is littered with examples of workers being exploited and pitted against each other. But if we want a sustainable future, we must develop modern economies that protect the rights of workers to work safely in jobs that provide sustainable wages for honest work for all.
Landscapes of Labor explores the intersections between workers’ rights and sustainability with a host of social issues from racial justice to immigration to LGBTQ equality. Highlighting powerful stories of individuals and groups challenging the status quo, these films set the stage for important conversations about who we will be as a society. Take a look back at the films we featured in the series in 2019-2020.
Limits of the Imagination — How far can our imagination take us? When we’re on a roll, our minds develop vivid new ideas and alternatives that may appear farfetched yet offer exciting possibilities to explore. But sometimes we confront limits to our imagination–“wicked” problems like climate change, poverty, and social inequality whose complexity, feedbacks, and intersecting scales of space and time challenge our comprehension and ability to envision solutions. Sometimes, too, we confront realms of personal and social life where our capacity for empathy or fortitude seems bounded.
Limits of the Imagination explored these challenges through diverse, powerful stories of overcoming limits and changing perspectives on the complex intersections of people, society, and planetary systems. Incredible people, every day, face questions about their future, safety, survival, and identity. Despite adversity, they see possibilities, not limits. From adversity, they take action. Take a look back at these films from 2019-2020 that explore limits to sustainability and whether these limits may, in fact, be imaginary!