In this current political climate, discussions surrounding race-related issues can be heated and controversial. As a senior who will be leaving Vermont in just a few short months and who will be meeting people from around the country and world, I want to understand these issues, their history and the best ways to deal with controversy in a positive and productive way. That is why I am working in collaboration with the Peace & Justice Center to bring a 4-part series of documentary screenings and workshops that address these issues to MMU this winter. The first of these events is a screening of the documentary “13th” this Wednesday (January 24th) at the MMU library from 6-8pm. “13th” is a powerful Academy Award nominee that explores how the 13th Amendment connects to the prison industrial complex and the high incarceration rates of people of color in this country. The other three events include the “Seeing and Disrupting Racism” workshop, another documentary titled “Agents of Change”, and the final event is the “Nonviolent Engagement in Conflict” workshop. For more details and to sign up visit the MMU After Dark Website. I am hoping you all will join me this Wednesday at MMU this fascinating film and discussion of race and incarceration in this country.

-Willoughby Carlo, Senior at Mount Mansfield Union High School