SJC Brooklyn to Host Award-Winning Documentary ‘I Learn America’

February 01, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – February 1, 2016 – The ACES Program and Department of Child Study at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) are pleased to announce that they will host a screening of the internationally-acclaimed documentary, I Learn America, on Monday, February 8 at 5 p.m. in SJC Brooklyn’s Tuohy Hall Auditorium.

At this screening, director Jean-Michel Dissard will discuss the movie in conversation with several of the students who took part in the film.

I Learn America is an evocative look at the challenges that immigrant students face when acclimating to a new environment,” said Dr. Jill Rehmann, vice president for academic affairs at SJC Brooklyn. “It is my pleasure to welcome Jean-Michel and his students to SJC Brooklyn to screen this film, which will surely resonate with our student body, many of whom are immigrants themselves.” 

In I Learn America, five resilient immigrant teens come together at International High School at Lafayette and struggle to learn their new land. The International High School is a New York City public high school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrant teenagers, with more than 300 students speaking two dozen languages from over 50 countries. The students struggle to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, and confront the universal trials of adolescence while searching for a future they can call their own. 

The screening is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Gail Moran at [email protected] or 718.940.5858. 

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 45 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.