Film Screening and Discussion: The Committee

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 noon to 1 p.m.

Part of UCF Celebrates Free Speech Week, The Committee will screen on UCF main campus in the Student Union's Key West Ballroom, 218.

About the Film

Fifty years ago, Florida’s Legislative Investigative Committee, led by Senator Charley Johns sought to remove homosexuals from Florida's state universities. As a result of the “Johns Committee’s” efforts, more than 200 gay and lesbian students and teachers were expelled or fired. Featuring two of the victims and one interrogator, the film exposes the committee’s subversive activities and how its effects are still felt today.

The film traces the committee's origins in the era of McCarthyism and anti-gay propaganda while detailing the personal stories of those intimately involved with its activities.

In fall 2011, professors Robert Cassanello and Lisa Mills taught an Advanced Documentary Workshop class at the University of Central Florida. This interdisciplinary seminar was a cooperative effort between the History Department and the film program in the School of Visual Arts and Design.

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