Upcoming Events

Women's Studies Fair

Upcoming Events

FALL 2014


Migrant Justice Documentary The Second Cooler to Be Shown at UAH on September 25

Twelve million immigrants are in the U.S. illegally? Why? Who benefits? These questions, and many more, are explored in the migrant justice documentary The Second Cooler, to be shown on Thursday, September 25, at 5:30 p.m., in UAH’s Charger Union Theater. The showing will be followed by a question and answer session with Ellin Jimmerson, who directed, produced, wrote, and edited the film, under the auspices of the Huntsville Immigration Initiative, LLC, and in cooperative agreement with the Interfaith Mission Service.

The Second Cooler, which speaks to both English and Spanish speaking audiences, is a documentary about illegal migration shot primarily in Alabama, Arizona, and in northern and central Mexico. The premise is that Arizona is the new Alabama—the epicenter of an intense struggle for migrant justice. Those issues include the impact of free trade agreements on migration, the lack of a legal way for poor Latin Americans to come to the United States, the inherent abuses of the guest worker program, the fact that many migrants are indigenous people, anti-immigrant politics in Alabama, the thousands of migrant deaths at the border, and an escalating ideology of the border. Actor Martin Sheen narrates the film.

The Second Cooler was chosen as Best Feature Documentary for 2013 by the Peace on Earth Film Festival (Chicago, IL), and also received a Film 4 Change Award from the 2013 AMFM Fest in Cathedral City, CA, as well as a Film Heals Award at the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival. The film was an official selection of the 22nd Arizona International Film Festival, the 2013 Red Rock International Film Festival, the 2013 Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, and the 2013 Boston Latino Independent Film Festival.

The UAH Women’s and Gender Studies Program is co-sponsoring the showing, along with the Office of Diversity, College of Liberal Arts, Foreign Language Department, Global Studies Program, Spanish Club, and Hispanic Student Organization. Admission is free and open to the public. For further information, email leslie.kaiura@uah.edu or call 256-824-6426, or visit the film site at www.thesecondcooler.com.

Coffeehouse Writers Series Returns on September 30 with UAH Student Group The Writer's Block

Women’s and Gender Studies continues the popular Coffeehouse Writers Series on Tuesday, September 30, 6-7:30 p.m., with The Writer’s Block, featuring Jessica Lockett.

The Writer’s Block is UAH’s official student-run creative writing organization, founded in 2013. The purpose of The Writer’s Block is to promote the pursuit of creative writing, support creative writers in their endeavors, enrich the members’ experiences and abilities, and aid the members’ personal writing goals.

The Writer’s Block accepts all types of creative writers, newcomers and veterans of the craft alike, to participate in their workshop meetings, events, and literary magazine.

Due to library renovations, the venue has been changed to the Wilson Hall Gallery, located on Ben Graves Drive next to the Business Administration Building off Holmes Ave. There is ample parking in front of Wilson Hall. A campus map is available at www.uah.edu/map. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, contact Marylyn Coffey at (256) 824-6114 or email coffeymt@uah.edu.

If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Program Office at 256-824-6190 or womensstudies@uah.edu.