File this away under "cool news": The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a "major" grant — the only one in Tennessee — for a new documentary film series, "Being American," at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Details:
- Thursday, October 4th: Promise and Prejudice. Film: Welcome to Shelbyville, by Kim A. Snyder
- Thursday, October 18th: Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation. Film: The New Americans, Episode 1: The Nigerians, by Steve James
- Thursday, November 1st: Help Wanted? Immigration and Work. Film: Destination America, Episode 1: The Golden Door, by Stephen Stept and David Grubin
- Thursday, November 15th: Family and Community. Film: My American Girls, by Aaron Matthews
- Thursday, November 29th: Immigration and Popular Culture Film: The Search for General Tso, by Ian Cheney
Get more information at the project's website.