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Borker Film Series: The Education of Shelby Knox


Nichols Theatre, Student Center - 7 p.m.

Ruth Borker Film Series on Intersectionality and Activism Films about activists whose unique identities empower them to take bold action to change the world! The Education of Shelby Knox This documentary film tells the coming-of-age story of public speaker and feminist Shelby Knox, a teenager who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock Texas has some of the highest teen pregnancy and STD rates in the nation, the "solution" to which is a strict abstinence-only sex education curriculum in the public schools and a conservative preacher who urges kids to pledge abstinence until marriage. Shelby Knox is a deeply religious Southern Baptist teenager who joins the Lubbock Youth Commission, a group of high school students representing a youth voice in city government. When the teens confront Lubbock's sexual health crisis and campaign for comprehensive sex education, Knox throws herself into the battle with missionary fervor, struggling to reconcile her newfound political beliefs with her conservative religious views. When the campaign broadens to include a fight for a gay-straight alliance, Knox must confront her family and pastor in this coming-of-age story. (2005, documentary) Directors/Producers: Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt. This Movie is Free and open to the public. 7-9:30 pm in Nichols Theater
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