Mercy Street screening and discussion 12/5

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers come together for a special screening and discussion of Mercy Street, PBS’ newest dramatic series about the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War.

This event takes place Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum. Respond to the required RSVP and get more information about the event here.

The event opens with a discussion of the Civil War in popular culture, the evolution of the subject through the years, and its continued relevance today. Panelists include Mercy Street producer David Zucker, also the executive producer of Peabody Award-winning drama The Good Wife; Steven Deyle, associate professor from the University of Houston who served as historical consult and on the creative team for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave; and moderator James Magnuson, director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers.

Mercy Street, which premieres nationwide January 2016, is PBS’ first scripted series in more than a decade. Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street is not about battles and glory – it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today. View the trailer below:

Screening: On Two Fronts: Latinos in Vietnam

Join KLRU and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center for a special free screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam Tuesday, Nov. 10. Filmmaker Mylène Moreno will be in attendance at this event in honor of Veterans Day.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the center. Doors open and light refreshments will be served at 6:30. The screening is free, but an RSVP is required - RSVP here.

The film examines the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, primarily through the eyes of siblings Everett and Delia Alvarez. Everett and Delia stood on two sides of the war: In Vietnam, Everett was a prisoner-of war, while Delia protested the war at home. In communities where there were few alternatives to service, war impacted every household – especially amongst Latinos. During Vietnam, Latinos began questioning the true cost of war and the appropriate price of citizenship.

Austin Revealed Screening and Discussion 8/9

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Join KLRU and The Austin History Center (AHC) for a special screening and discussion of the documentary Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories. The 30-minute film was made by Alpheus Media for KLRU and explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. The screening will take place at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., Saturday, August 9 at 2 PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit

Inspiring Women Leaders 2/12

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KLRU, the University of Texas Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders invite you to a discussion about cultivating leadership. The evening will also feature short video features on local women and girls making a difference in the Austin community and a preview of the PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America.

Date: February 12
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Inspiring Women Leaders, a discussion about cultivating leadership, will focus on inspiring future generations through mentorship and other means. Speakers will include:

  • Christine Adame
    Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, participant in INSPIRE: Empowering Texas Women Leaders program, and former staff member of NEW Leadership Texas.
  • Monica Martinez
    Project Specialist, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
  • Alma Jackie Salcedo
    Graduate Coordinator at Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, UT-Austin

As part of the event, KLRU will present eight short videos featuring local women and girls who are inspiring others through their actions. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of KLRU’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. A preview from the upcoming PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America – a film that shares the stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live – will also be shown. This documentary airs February 26th at 7 pm on KLRU.

Women featured in the Women and Girls Lead project videos will be:

  • Katherine Craft is the founder of Conspire Theater, a program that provides incarcerated women a healing and empowering experience through the arts.
  • Julieta Garibay co-founded the Undergraduate Leadership Initiative, an advocacy group comprised of fellow undocumented college students, supporters, and family.
  • Rina Hartline is director of Texas State Relations for Centerpoint Energy and mentors other women as the founder of the Association of Women in Energy.
  • Peggy Kelsey created The Afghan Women’s Project to share stories of Afghan women to help change stereotypes.
  • Amy Koch is a graduate of Project SEARCH at Seton Healthcare Family, a best practice for hiring individuals with developmental disabilities created at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
  • Esther Reyes is Executive Director of the Austin Immigrant Right’s Coalition and has helped lead a statewide effort to protect the human rights of Texas’ undocumented immigrants.
  • Ndeye Boury Silla is one of our community’s outstanding teenagers. The daughter of Senegalese immigrants, she raised more than $900 to purchase school supplies for children in her parent’s native country.
  • Marissa Vogel started the non-profit organization Little Helping Hands, which creates and manages volunteer opportunities for younger children and their parents.

The Inspiring Women Leaders event and local MAKERS initiative is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
MAKERS: Women Who Make America is produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions, Storyville Films and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media. Major funding is provided by Unilever and its Simple® skincare brand.  Additional funding is provided by The Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Screening: In the Life Becoming Me 6/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. The next screening will be In the Life “Becoming Me” on June 5th. These events are free and open to the public.

In the Life “Becoming Me”
Is it a boy or a girl? Many parents learn the answer before their baby is born, and most expect their children to develop a gender identity that mirrors biological sex within their first few years. But for transgender and gender nonconforming children, gender identity unfolds throughout childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood. Eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25 share their stories. With the healthy development of their children at stake, parents must confront binary perceptions of gender, widespread transphobia and controversial parenting decisions.

Preview Screening: Downton Abbey 1/5

Join KLRU and other Downton Abbey fans as we preview the first hour of the second season of this beloved Masterpiece Classic series.

The screening will be January 5th in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 6:30 and the screening will start promptly at 7. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Downton Abbey season two starts airing on January 8th on PBS, but we’re giving our fans a chance to see the first hour before anyone else. We’ll have Downton Abbey items to give away and light refreshments will be served. RSVP now