Film Screening & Book Talk

You are invited to the advanced screening of the documentary Filthy Dreamers and a short talk by local author Brandon Haught on Saturday April 26. There will also be a question and answer session and a book signing. This is free and open to the public.


Filthy Dreamers is a film about the passionate controversy that flared in the late 1920s about the teaching of evolution to women students at Florida State Women’s College. Nearly 100 years later, public figures and activists are still trying to control curriculum in the state’s public schools, colleges and universitites. This film’s goal is to educate and inform viewers about the long history of attempted censorship on school campuses statewide. The 30-minute documentary was produced by the combined efforts of the University of Central Florida School of Visual Arts and Design, UCF Department of History, UCF College of Arts and Humanities, and Burnett Honor College.

Brandon Haught is the author of Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom. Classroom lessons and textbook passages about evolution have launched several crusades against this “Un-American, Athesistic, Subversive and Communistic” subject for decades in the Sunshine State. Brandon’s book tells the engrossing stories about the passionate citizens and public figures who have been caught up in this long-running battle that started in the 1920s and rages with undimished strength today. Brandon was interviewed for Filthy Dreamers and will give a short talk expanding on the film’s theme after the screening.

UCF Center for Emerging Media
500 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Saturday April 26 at noon.

Light refreshements will be provided.

SPECIAL NOTE: You will need to print and bring with you the flyer available below. The flyer has a parking pass on it that you will need when you get to the venue. Place the parking pass in a clearly visible spot in your windshield.