Honors program offers intellectual movie series for all interested students

The Honors Program provides a social and intellectual event every Saturday.Mindful Movies is an event where a movie is shown and then discussed. All students, including those not in the honors program, are invited to attend.

Located in the Honors Lounge, in TJ Farr, Mindful Movies is easily accessible. Despite this, attendance to the event has been low, chair Willis Kelley said.

“We want people to attend,” Kelley said. “But Honors is a small pool, and we may need more publicity [to reach those outside of Honors].”

Kelley enjoys presenting these movies, and discussing the themes and actions that take place in the movies. Some of the movies shown so far include Fight Club, The Shawshank Redemption, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, and American History X.

“These are Oscar-winning movies, and there is quality in the story. There’s nothing quite like talking about a good movie with people that got something out of it,” Kelley said. “This isn’t like high school; we won’t force you to say anything. But we do want real opinions, and it’s good to just hang out.”

On April 3 Mindful Movies will be partnering with the Under Represented Groups Committee to show The Joy Luck Club, a film about the relationship of Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers, and discuss cultural roles in today’s society. It will show at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

“We’re excited about it. We hope to have a good turnout. The more people, the more provisions and refreshments we can have, so bring your friends too. People should take advantage of it,” Kelley said.

For more information about Mindful Movies, contact Willis Kelley at wekelley42@tntech.edu, or co-chair Lindsey Slaughter at lmslaughte42@tntech.edu.