Public Invited to Community Cinema Film Screening on Sept 10

Sep 1, 2016

John Fugelsang, host of Dream On.
Credit Jennifer Summer

 For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Diana Brawley Sussman, Director, Carbondale Public Library Director, (618) 457-0354,

Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

Marleen Shepherd, Communications Director, Sparrow Coalition,

Miriam Link-Mullison, Administrator, Jackson County Health Department, (618) 684-3143, ext. 100,

Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, Carbondale Public Library, and WSIU to Present Free Film Screening on September 10

Featured Film ‘Dream On’ is part of Community Cinema Series

Carbondale, Ill. – The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and Carbondale Public Library, in partnership with WSIU Public Broadcasting, will present a free screening and discussion of Dream On, the first film in the 2016-17 Community Cinema film series. The event will be held on Saturday, September 10 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main.

Discussion moderators are Marleen Shepherd, Communications Director for the Sparrow Coalition, and Miriam Link-Mullison, Administrator for the Jackson County Health Department.

Narrated, hosted, and co-written by political comedian John Fugelsang, Dream On investigates the state of the American Dream after decades of rising income inequality and declining economic mobility. In an epic road trip, Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity.

A staple of political science and history curricula at the high school and college levels, de Tocqueville's book includes his observations of the American ideals of equality and individualism in political and civil society, but also warns against democracy’s unintended consequences, which include what he called the “tyranny of the majority” over thought and the polarization that can result when individuals become isolated from each other and retreat into a silo mentality.

High school and college-age students are especially encouraged to attend and to join the conversation after the film screening.

For more information about the event, contact Diana Sussman at the Carbondale Public Library at (618) 457-0354, or Beth Spezia at WSIU at (618) 453-5595,

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

About the Carbondale Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Carbondale Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a welcoming, diverse congregation of individuals who share values and seek to celebrate life, support each other in their inward and outward search for spiritual meaning, provide a liberal religious presence, and strive for compassion and justice in the community and world.

About the Carbondale Public Library

The Carbondale Public Library provides resources and services to support the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the Carbondale community. The library is part of the Illinois Heartland Library System. For more information about the library, including how to get a library card, call (618) 457-0354.

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