To Kill a Mockingbird Film & Discussion

Movies help us experience and understand each other and the world around us. They educate and enlighten us. And, they can lead to meaningful and much-needed discourse. Lights, Camera, Civics! hopes to be a catalyst for such conversations. Not only is there division in our country and state over a multitude of issues, there is within our own communities a clear lack of connection among people of different ages and viewpoints. For these reasons, New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant to the NH Institute for Civics Education for film screenings in all ten NH counties to generate multigenerational conversations about law, justice, and civics. Through “Lights, Camera, Civics!”, a film will be offered each year, chosen to appeal to a range of ages and demographics. Local teams made up of a lawyer, a teacher, and a high school student will lead the discussions.

The film selected for 2018-19 is To Kill A Mockingbird which will be presented in Nashua at Bishop Guertin High School. Discussion facilitators will be teacher Corey Genest, Nashua attorney Dave Tencza, and Bishop Guertin High School senior Elizabeth Shearman. New Hampshire Humanities’ Project Humanities Expert Patrick Anderson says: “Having taught college film classes for decades, I can attest to the impact which this powerful art form can have on viewers – how it can serve as a catalyst for meaningful and thought-provoking conversations.”

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Corey Genest is a social studies teacher at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. In his years at Bishop Guertin he has involved himself with a variety of service projects and leadership initiatives. He is a 2008 graduate of Rivier University and a 2002 graduate of Saint Anselm College, earning degrees in Business Administration and History, respectively. He lives in Nashua with his wife and daughter.

Elizabeth Shearman is from Merrimack, NH and is a senior at Bishop Guertin High School. She has been involved in the performing arts over her four years as a student at Bishop Guertin, specifically with set design and construction. She works part time at a local elementary school and will attend the University of New Hampshire beginning in the fall of 2019. She plans to study chemistry.

Dave Tencza is an associate attorney with the law firm of Welts, White and Fontaine in Nashua. Dave's practice focuses primarily in the areas of criminal and family law. Prior to entering private practice, Dave served as an Assistant County Attorney in the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office for ten years from 2007 to 2017. He is a 2007 graduate of Suffolk University Law School (evening division) and a 2002 graduate of Saint Anselm College.

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