Where: MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
When: Wednesday, January 13th @ 7:00pm
by Jesse Moss
About the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning film series: This film series features documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, and urban, regional, and environmental planning.
The Overnighters Conversation Starter: Pastor Jay Reinke observes, “There are guys that come, and I hate to use the word ‘failed,’ but they’ve not succeeded as they’d hoped. And coming to Williston represents an opportunity to try something again on a new playing field, with new opportunities.” How would you reconcile this with the experience of Alan Mezo, who is asked to leave his work at the church when past misdeeds are uncovered? Mezo says, “It doesn’t matter what good a person does. Even if they’re a hero today, five years down the road, that’s buried somewhere. That’s not on their record. And all it is on their record, that stays with them throughout their life, is the negative stuff. And it’s sad, because that’s what they’re judged by.”
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