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The Dennos Museum Center presents several films during the year, sourced from a variety of local, national, and international filmmakers and organizations. Events are free of charge. Films are generally screened with captions. Milliken Auditorium features a T-coil loop for those with hearing impairments. Additional arrangements for a sign language interpreter can be made by contacting Jason Dake at (231)995-1029 or



cover image for When Tariq Met Malcolm XWhen Tariq Ali Met Malcolm X

Wednesday, May 18
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

One was a Black human rights leader who had achieved global notoriety. The other was a young Marxist Oxford student from Pakistan looking to bring radical change to the British establishment. When they met in December 1964, Malcolm X's life of activism was about to come to a tragic end, but Tariq Ali's journey was just beginning. This is the story of a brief but impactful friendship that, 50 years later, still ripples through England today, told by Ali, civil rights historians, and rarely seen footage of Malcolm X's overseas visit.

Join us for a free screening at the Dutmers Theatre on the Museum side. Limit of 30 people per screening. Register online here.


Life of earth: age of humans

Wednesday, June 22nd
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

Since humankind first went into space, we've had the ability to look down on the marvels of our civilization. Now, thanks to space technology, we are also able to look at our past to better understand how the dynamic life on our planet has influenced the rise of our species. Join us as we travel back 300,000 years to Africa's equatorial zone where Homo sapiens first walked Earth. See how humans' ability to harness the power of agriculture and fossil fuels transformed not just our population, but the entire ecosystem.

Limit of 30 people per screening, please limit groups to 10 people. Register here. Check in at the front desk upon arrival for screening location.


The Lost Tapes: Tornado Super Outbreak

Wednesday, July 20th
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

Witness how America’s South and Midwest were ravaged by 148 twisters in just 18 hours.

Limit of 30 people per screening, please limit groups to 10 people. Register here. Check in at the front desk upon arrival for screening location.





cover image for Walk Against FearWalk Against Fear: James Meredith

Wednesday, January 19

In the mid-20th century, white supremacy ran rampant in America's South, and nowhere was segregation more brutally enforced than in Mississippi. From this context emerged one man who risked his life to fight for his beliefs. This is the story of James Meredith, a largely forgotten hero who single-handedly instigated some of the greatest victories of the Civil Rights Movement. Interviews with Meredith and his family, plus rarely seen or heard footage featuring MLK, JFK, Medgar Evers, and others tell the tale of this American original.


cropped cover image for The Green BookThe Green Book: Guide to Freedom

Wednesday, February 2
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation's safe havens and notorious "sundown towns" and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.


cover image for Black In SpaceBlack in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier

Wednesday, February 16
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

America's experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race are well documented. However, few know about the moment these two worlds collided, when the White House and NASA scrambled to put the first black astronaut into orbit. This is the untold story of the decades-long battle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to be the first superpower to bring diversity to the skies, told by the black astronauts and their families, who were part of this little-known chapter of the Cold War.

cover image for America In ColorAmerica in Color: Alaska

Wednesday, March 16
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

From the Klondike Gold Rush to the Japanese invasion of Attu to statehood in 1959, witness the making of modern Alaska.



cover image for America's National Parks at 100America’s National Parks at 100

Wednesday, April 20
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

Take a tour through iconic Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and discover smaller, hidden treasures throughout the country as we explore the agency’s evolution over the last century.



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