Park University, National Archives at Kansas City Hosting Year of Engagement Documentary “Inventing Tomorrow”
Nov. 5, 2018 — During the 2018-19 academic year, Park University and the National Archives at Kansas City have partnered to commemorate the University’s Year of Engagement, a year of conversation and action on its Kansas City area campuses and in the community. The Year of Engagement Documentary Series includes films that reflect Park’s core values (accountability, civility and respect, excellence, global citizenship, inclusivity and integrity) and inspire community engagement.
On Monday, Nov. 26, the documentary “Inventing Tomorrow” will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater within Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission is free, but attendees are requested to RSVP at park.edu/inventingtomorrow or call (816) 584-6214.
“Inventing Tomorrow” follows six young scientists from around the globe as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today. Each student is preparing original scientific research that he or she will defend at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, considered the Olympics of high school science fairs. Framed against the backdrop of the severe environmental threats the world faces, viewers are immersed in a global view of the planetary crisis through the eyes of the generation that will be affected by it most.
Two more films will be screened as part of the Year of Engagement Documentary Series:
• Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, “The Jazz Ambassadors” — During the Cold War, the U.S. government deployed some of its greatest jazz musicians around the world to promote democracy, even as many of them suffered Jim Crow racism in their own country. Rich archival material and powerful interviews delve into the deep conflict at the heart of the story. Held in conjunction with Black History Month.
• Monday, May 6, 2019, “G.I. Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II” — The film tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in WWII. The film brings to life their little-known story as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry and intolerance. Like all Americans, they fought against fascism, but they also waged a more personal fight to save their brethren in Europe. Held in conjunction with Jewish American Heritage Month.