Thursday, 30 December 2010 12:03
by The Independent Staff
Ind, IberiaBank to host ‘Waiting for Superman’ screening
The Independent Weekly Lecture Series, sponsored by IberiaBank, kicks off 2011 with a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman takes a probing look at the current state of American public education by following the lives of five children scattered around the country and their opportunities — or lack of — to get a decent education.
The film received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Waiting for Superman will be screened as part of The Independent Weekly Lecture Series at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at The Grand 14 on Kaliste Saloom Road. A panel discussion featuring educators, school administrators and school board members will follow at 7:50 p.m.
Although the screening is free, a ticket is required for entry. An allotment of tickets has been made available to administrators and school board members in Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes; United Way of Acadiana; the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce; Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council; Lafayette Association of Educators; League of Women Voters; Committee of 100 Black Men; State of Greater Black Lafayette; the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce; Junior League of Lafayette; and the705.
To find out more about the screening or The Independent Weekly Lecture Series, contact Robin Hebert at (337) 769-8603 or via email at
Cox Business is a supporting sponsor for the screening.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
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