Fred Rogers poses on the Pittsburgh set of his television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in this 1996 publicity photo. (Associated Press)

UT Martin ENGAGE Program to screen ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Oct. 1

The University of Tennessee at Martin will continue the ENGAGE Civic Initiative Program with a screening of the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, a documentary on the life of Fred Rogers, at both 7 and 9 p.m., Oct. 1, in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium. The screening is free, and members of the community are invited at attend.

Fred Rogers was the driving force behind the children’s public television program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” for three decades. In this documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville considers Rogers’ legacy as the essence of civility.

This film screening is one of several components in the ENGAGE Program’s schedule this fall, which has already included Dr. Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, who discussed “the smartphone generation;” a common reading program considering “Educated,” a memoir by author Tara Westover; and Friday afternoon discussions of topics such as free speech, objective journalism and the use of technology.

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