Campus Resources To Host Screening Of ‘The Anatomy Of Hate’

Filmmaker Mike Ramsdale, director of the movie “The Anatomy of Hate,” will be at Penn State this week to show his film and host a discussion with those in attendance. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the Center for Women Students, and the Multicultural Resource Center, the film will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and the discussion will take place immediately after.

The three organizations putting on the event hope it will be thought-provoking, as the film is about both individual and collective ideologies of hate and what we all can and have to do to overcome these stigmas and negative thoughts. The film looks at everything from white supremacy to Christian Fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform to U.S. forces in Iraq.

“It is our hope that this film can aid in fostering helpful conversations across campus, and even the community, centered around diversity and inclusion,” said Erin Duckworth, who works with the Multicultural Resource Center. The screening helps promote Penn State’s We Are All In Campaign, which launched last week on Old Main Lawn.

Ramsdale spent six years collecting footage and interviews to help tell the story. Here’s a short preview to pique your interest:

“More than anything, I believe, it is dialogue that will move us past the barriers of fear, cultural conditioning, and stereotype thinking – into an understanding aligned with the eternal truth that we are all one,” Ramsdale said of the film on its website. “It is my highest vision that this film, and its core concepts, will serve as a catalyst for that dialogue. Nothing can change without understanding. Nothing will change without hope. I believe this film offers both.”

The showing will take place in the HUB’s Freeman Auditorium and will be free for all students, faculty, staff, and any other attendees — all of whom are encouraged to attend.

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