Black History Month Event: Black Panther Unpacked

Event date: 

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Student Union Multipurpose Room
Cast photo from Black Panther movie



Join the Office of First Year Experience and "unpack" the historic and social themes in the popular "Black Panther" movie.  

The Marvel hit "Black Panther" explores a wider world of technology and ancient history than any prior film in the Marvel Comics universe. Even more so, however, is the underlying social commentary on the true potential of the United States and the current state of African-American communities in the United States and around the world. 

The film shows Wakanda as a powerful nation with advanced technology, state of the art weapons, and riches and power that can change the world. Like America, Wakanda possesses the resources to help people, but does either nation -- fictional or real -- do enough?  In interviews leading up to the film's release, Ryan Coogler describes its central theme as responsibility and identity. “What do the powerful owe those in need?" he asked. "It separates the good-guys from the villains. What value is strength unless you’re using it to help someone? Wakanda pretends to be just another struggling African country, but some of its neighbors are struggling for real. If Wakandans don’t stand up for themselves, who will? But if they stand only for themselves, then who are they?" 

These and other themes will be explored.

Leadership Development Certificate

The program is a part of the Leadership Development Certificate Program and open to all students.

The LDCP is a college-wide program that is open to all majors and all class years. We've collaborated with offices throughout the campus to give you a comprehensive leadership program to enhance your resume and make you a more marketable future employee. Please make sure you sign in (legibly) to every session you attend for credit. To check how many sessions you’ve attended; please email Jamie Jones at DresherJ [at]