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OLLI at UNL to host the film “American Son” followed by discussion

Date: Time: 6:30 pm–9:00 pm
South Gate Methodist Church
3500 Pioneers Blvd
Lincoln NE 68506
Contact: Patricia Saldana, (402) 416-1543,
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in collaboration with the community group Let’s Talk Alliance, is hosting the film “American Son,” as part of its Movies that Matter series, on Thursday, October 14, 6:30-9 p.m., at South Gate United Methodist Church, 3500 Pioneers Blvd., in Lincoln, and will also be streamed live on Zoom. A moderator will facilitate discussion following the film. Seating for the in-person event is limited. Register for the in-person event or Zoom at or call the OLLI office at 402-472-6265. The event is FREE and open to the public.

“Our diversity film series offers excellent films and opportunities to hear local leaders provide insights into racism, prejudice and inequality that exist in our communities,” said Nancy Comer, co-chair of the OLLI Diversity Committee.

“American Son” follows a black mother being interrogated by a white police officer rather than being helped, an interracial couple rehashing the painful reasons their marriage fell apart, and a black cop illuminating on the experience of those who fall into both categories.

Starring Kerry Washington, the story concerns a mixed-race couple desperate for answers about the disappearance of their son Jamal, following a traffic stop in Florida. Issues of safety, race, police accountability, and equal justice — as well as their effects on communities of color — are at play in the movie.

The film is a continuing effort by the OLLI Diversity Committee to advance inclusivity and enhance collaborations and interactions with Lincoln’s multicultural communities. The Let’s Talk Alliance was formed by members of OLLI’s Diversity Committee, along with multicultural leaders in the Lincoln community to bring together people from all backgrounds, ages, cultures and faiths to talk about issues that divide and unite us. Let’s Talk Alliance offers monthly talks and discussions on social justice, racism and bias, changes faced by immigrants and refugees, prison reform and programs that support youth.

For more information about OLLI’s Diversity Committee and the Let’s Talk Alliance contact Nancy Comer at

For further information about OLLI at UNL or to get a catalog, email, visit The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNL is a member-driven organization committed to providing and promoting superior-quality, high-appeal learning experiences, events and travel opportunities designed for adults 50 and over who believe that “curiosity never retires.”

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