On Friday, July 26th, The Center teamed up with The United Mine Workers Association (UMWA) to hold a community discussion and showing of the Michael Moore film Capitalism: A Love Story.
To kick things off, we featured local labor activists and officials on the subject of labor in a discussion panel and community forum. Dr. Jim Dougherty, a member of the Sociology faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was the moderator of the night’s discussion. The first panelist, Ron Baker, is a local member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Our discussion’s second panelist, Ron Airhart, represented our partner UMWA at the forum. Finally, Dr. Brandon Vick, the third panelist, is a new member of the Indiana and IUP community as a brand new faculty member at IUP’s Economics Department. We would like to thank the three experts who sat on the stage for sharing their vast knowledge about labor and economic issues.
Dr. Dougherty started off the panel. “We’re talking about ‘the “C” word’ today. While other departments at IUP call it the ‘free market’, we at the Sociology Department aren’t afraid to call it capitalism.” Even though each panelist came from their own background and experiences, all three panelists agreed that we need to support labor unions in order to give Indiana County workers a fair chance.
The film explored the state of the American economy and how major corporations and banks have made it this way. Michael Moore exposed these issues in his usual style, featuring storytelling, humor, and the personal experiences of those affected by the issue addressed in the movie.
Capitalism: A Love Story was the last film in the 2013 Film Series. Here at The Center, we thank everyone who has attended and supported this series—without you, it couldn’t have happened!