Community Screenings

October 2020

October 6th : Worldwide Online Event, World Mental Health Day Sponsored by Monash University, Melbourne Australia.

“Rising from Rejection: How Educators Can Build School Belonging in Students”

February 2019

February 26th Zionsville, Indiana. Zionsville Community Schools present Reject documentary community screening with Purdue University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Kipling Williams, guest speaker.

March 2019

March 7th  Fayetteville, Arkansas. The University of Arkansas, Arkansas Union Theater 6pm-8pm screening with featured guests and panel discussion. With Amanda W. Harrist Distinguished Professor of Human Development Oklahoma State University, guest speaker. Sponsored by School of Human Environmental Sciences.

June 2019

June 3rd Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 6th annual “Fit 2 Learn” Summit   Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. This FREE event, organized by “Tulsa Healthy Living Program”, is for classroom and physical education teachers, child nutrition personnel, child health advocates, and anyone interested in creating healthier school environments.

June 13th Seymour, Indiana. A screening of the film “REJECT” is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. June 13 at the Jackson County Learning Center, 323 Dupont Drive, Seymour. Community partners include the Jackson County Health Department, Centerstone, Mental Health America of Jackson County and Seymour Community Schools. To register, email or call 812-358-6101 by June 7.

January 2018

January 24th Harrison County, Indiana.  Purdue University Harrison County hosts REJECT documentary community screening and discussion.  Purdue University Distinguished Professor of Psychology guest speaker.

March 2018

March 3rd REJECT experts Terry Varnell and Amanda Harrist present on the inclusive early childhood classroom at the annual New Jersey state Montessori Conference.

April 2018

April 30th Kittery Maine. Kittery Youth Committee screenings REJECT. 6-7:30PM at Kittery Community Center.  120 Rogers Road Kittery, Maine.



January 23rd Tomah School District Screening for all Professional Staff at HoChunk Cinema, Private Showing.


February 7th Ithaca, New York. “How Can We Make Our Schools More Inclusive?” Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca, Tompkins County Public Library, BOCES and Ithaca School District sponsor REJECT screening and workshop professional event from 8:30AM-4PM. 6CEU credits. Register through or call Linda Bryan at 607-273-7494.

MARCH 2017

March 15th Brighton, England. University of Brighton, School of Applied Sciences.

APRIL 2017

April 3rd  Ithaca, New York. “How Can We Make Our Schools More Inclusive?” TST BOCES presents this professional workshop “back by demand” event led by Ithaca City School District social worker Celia Clement from 8:30AM-4PM.

April 4th Brevard, North Carolina. Brevard College and Davison River High School co-host a free community screening of REJECT documentary with panel discussion at Dunham auditorium on Brevard College campus at 6:00PM. Special thanks to the students of Davidson River High and the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation. NEWS COVERAGE

MAY 2017

May 19th Cleveland, Ohio. Rejection, Ostracism, and Social Exclusion: Causes and Consequences at MetroHealth Medical Center. Two-day conference May 18-19, registration required. Conference recommended for social workers, nurses, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, counselors, funeral directors, clergy, physicians and teachers.


JUNE 2017

June 6th Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 4th annual “Fit 2 Learn” Summit  Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. This FREE event, organized by “Tulsa Healthy Living Program”, is for classroom and physical education teachers, child nutrition personnel, child health advocates, and anyone interested in creating healthier school environments. Registration required.

June 13th Indianapolis, Indiana. “Dealing with Rejection and Ostracism” REJECT documentary screening and panel discussion with co-hosts non-profit Child Care Answers and Purdue University Extension Bartholomew County Health and Human Sciences. This is a FREE event! Registration required HERE.


December 6th Whitefish, Wisconsin. REJECT documentary screening with co-hosts and Dominican High School.  Discussion will be led by panel of local mental health experts. 7PM-9PM



January 21st Milwaukee, Wisconsin 95th Wisconsin State Education Convention for Superintendents and School Leadership. Registration information 2016 Joint State Education Convention.  Film Screening: Session 8:45AM-10:30AM. Follow Up Session 10:45AM: Social Ostracism with Dr. Kip Williams, Professor of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University. This event made possible with with the support of Performance Services Inc.

MARCH 2016

March 21st Angola, Indiana. Steuben Community Center, Dale Hughes Auditorium 6:00-8:30. Panel discussion to follow. Sponsored by Purdue University Extension, Steuben County. NEWS COVERAGE  from

March 30th Beverly Hills, Michigan. The Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills School Districts will co-host a community screening of REJECT at Groves High School, Groves Auditorium. 20500 West 13 Mile Road. 6:30 PM.  Panel Discussion to Follow.  NEWS COVERAGE from, part of the USA Today Network

APRIL 2016

April 17th New York, New York. St. Barts Church, Park Avenue. Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Free event, please register at Eventbrite


MAY 2016

May 5th Ithaca, New York.  120 East Green street. 6:45 PM screening (doors open at 6:30) followed by panel discussion. Sponsored by Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Tickets and info here:  Cinemapolis Theater

May 7th Ithaca, New York. 120 East Green Street 4:30 PM encore screening. Sponsored by Family and Children’s Service of IthacaTickets and info here: Cinemapolis Theater



JUNE 2016

Week of June 6th Ithaca, New York. Private Screening Series, Ithaca High School.


August 24th  Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Co-hosted by the Medical School and OSU Center for Family Resilience.

August 30th La Crosse, Wisconsin. Rebuilding for Learning Summit VI “Continuing Our Journey as a Compassionate and Responsive Community.” Director and ostracism/social rejection expert Kipling D. Williams presenting. An event co-sponsored by community, civic and and educational organizations including La Crosse Schools, Gunderson Health, and the La Crosse Education Foundation.


September 8th Jefferson City, Tennessee: Carson-Newman University. Great Idea Lecture: Justice. Amanda W. Harrist discusses her research on children and social exclusion + REJECT screening.

September 20th Columbus (Indianapolis area), Indiana. Indiana Youth Institute and community partners co-host free REJECT screening, lunch and discussion at YES Cinema and Conference Center, part of the Institute’s “Youth Worker Cafe” series.” NEWS COVERAGE



October 20th Angola, Indiana. Youth Worker Cafe and Purdue University Extension Steuben County host a free REJECT screening with panel discussion from 5:30PM-7:30PM. Cahoots Coffee Cafe, 218 Maumee Street. NEWS COVERAGE



November 3 La Crosse, Wisconsin. Free Professional 1-5PM Workshop for Educators, Counselors, and other Youth Workers. Presented by Gundersen Medical Foundation, Coulee Region Compassion Alliance/Together Against Bulling 2016, Gundersen Department of Pediatrics and Behavioral Health. Space is limited. RSVP to by October 25th.

November 3 La Crosse, Wisconsin. Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street. Screening 6:30-8:00. Presentation with ostracism expert Kipling Williams 8:00-8:30. Free and Open to the Public. Co-hosts: Coulee Region Compassion Alliance/Together Against Bulling 2016, Gundersen Medical Foundation, Gundersen Department of Pediatrics and Behavioral Health. NEWS COVERAGE

November 3 Arlington, Texas. University of Texas. Department of Psychology, Private viewing.

November 18 York, Maine. York Public Library Community Room. 6:30-8:00PM REJECT screening, discussion 8:00-9:00PM.  Free and Open to the Public. Host: Connecting the Pieces:Together We Can! Panel guests include: pediatric neurologist Dr. Margaret Bauman, neuro-psychologist Dr. Laura Slap-Shelton, child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Gear, developmental pediatrician Dr. Carol Hubbard, social worker and founder of International Bullying Prevention Association Stan Davis and school resource officers, Jamie Rooney and Nick Piskopanis.

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January 26, 2015 — Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City.(Professional Development Day, for Staff)


February 2, 2015 — Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
With Director and ostracism expert Dr. Kipling Williams.
Click here to register.

February 5, 2015 — The School of Human Ecology Center for Children and Families presents the Annual Bruce Everist Lecture Series, Louisiana Tech University. Raising Public Consciousness about Social Rejection in its Many Forms.  A screening of REJECT: A documentary film and panel discussion. 6pm-8pm Lincoln Parish Library Events Center Ruston, LA

February 17, 2015 —Purdue University Extension presents “All In: Building a Positive Community” featuring “Reject” documentary. Doors open at 6pm, program from 6:30-8:30 at Ritz Theater, 116 S. Van Rensselaer Street, Rensselaer, Indiana. NEWS COVERAGE

February 17, 2015 — Mary McDowell Friends School, Brooklyn, New York.  Private screening, professional development.


MARCH 2015

March 4, 2015 — DeKalb County, Indiana. DeKalb Central Schools. DeKalb High School. Special guest, Dr. Kipling Williams, Purdue University.

March 10, 2015 — Boston, Massachusetts Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable hosts “Reject” at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Auditorium, 390 Lincoln Road, Sudbury, Mass at 7pm.

March 24, 2015 ”Wayland, Massachusetts Wayland Schools Administrative Council. (Private)

APRIL 2015

April 28, 2015 Natchitoches, Louisiana Northwestern State University at the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development

MAY 2015

May 7, 2015 Valparaiso, Indiana  Family and Youth Services Bureau hosts REJECT at The Memorial Opera House NOTE: Rescheduled for Fall 2015
May 26, 2015 New York, New York The Salvation Army Greater New York Division sponsors “Symposium on Social Rejection” with ostracism expert Kipling Williams, Purdue University. PLEASE REGISTER HERE:


August 4, 2015  Coushatta, Louisiana.  Red River Parish School District (All Staff)

August 11, 2015  Natchitoches, Louisiana The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (All Staff)

August 18, 2015  Crown Point, Indiana   Crown Point High School, Indiana (All Staff)

August 18, 2015  Bartholomew County, Indiana  Reject screens as part of “All In: Building A Positive Community” sponsored by Purdue University Extension. Southside Elementary School Auditorium, 1320 W. 200 S., Columbus, IN. Doors Open at 6pm.

August 25, 2015  Lake County, Indiana  Reject screens as part of “All In: Building A Positive Community” sponsored by Purdue University Extension. Merrillville High School, 276 E 68th Place, Merrillville, IN, 6:30pm CST.  NEWS COVERAGE

August 27, 2015  Dearborn County, Indiana  Reject screens as part of “All In: Building A Positive Community” sponsored by Purdue University Extension.  East Central High School Performing Arts Center, St. Leon Indiana.  Registration begins at 6:00 pm.

August 29, 2015   Birmingham, Michigan  The Roeper School  (Internal for Faculty/Staff )


September 2, 2015  New York, New York   Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School (For Staff, Internal)

September 18, 2015  Birmingham Michigan The Roeper School, 1051 Oakland Avenue.

Community screening, all are welcome. Film begins at 6:30pm sharp with post screening panel discussion featuring Reject Producer Peter Brauer, and NoBLE Anti-bullying expert Marlene Seltzer. 

September 22, 2015 Putnam County, Indiana  Reject screens as part of “All In: Building A Positive Community” sponsored by Purdue University Extension.

September 23, 2015  Attica High School, Attica Indiana. 3:15 pm  With Ostracism expert Kipling Williams.  FOR STAFF and FACULTY

September 30, 2015  Attica Indiana at The Devon Theater.  Two showings: 4-6pm and 7-9pm  Community screening, all are welcome! Q& A Session featuring Attica Elementary teachers Patricia Hargan and Megan Reynolds. 

October 1, 2015  Attica High School, Attica Indiana.  Screening for 7th-12th grade students.


October 20th  South Bend (Mishawaka), Indiana. sponsors community screening. Please RSVP at

NEWS COVERAGE  from Fox 28. com

NEWS COVERAGE  from SouthBend Tribune

October 26-29  Columbia, Missouri  Six community screenings and presentations in partnership with University of Missouri Extension and Central Missouri Community Action.  Director Ruth Thomas-Suh and ostracism expert Kipling Williams in attendance.

10/27 The Columbia Public Library 10/27 The Loft @ Woodcrest 10/27 Centralia School 10/28 University of Missouri Stotler Lounge 10/28 Hickman High School 10/29 The Food Bank of Central and NE Missouri

NEWS COVERAGE  from The Columbian Missourian Newspaper on


November 9  Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Illinois State University. 5:30 pm at the Normal Theater in uptown Normal. Director, ostracism expert Kipling Williams, and Illinois State University psychology staff members Leandra Parris and Eros DeSouza. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

NEWS COVERAGE  from Illinois State University



Jan 15 –– Butler University School of Education, Indianapolis. Â Free Screening + Discussion rsvp here
Jan 26Cinebarre Theater, Community Screening @ 4pm Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Jan 27 –The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Charleston, South Carolina.


Feb 27 —High School Student Leader Bullying Prevention Training. Pike Township, IN

MARCH 2014

March 6 — Greater Farmington Film Festival
March 12 —Academic Magnet High School; Charleston, SC
March 13 Queens College/CUNY,  Flushing, New York   Facebook Event Page:
March 14 — Alliant University San Diego, CA (Host: Core Fulbright Scholar Dr. Matthew Porter)
March 24Â — School of Social Sciences. University of Brighton, England
March 25 — Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center,
March 27 — Society for Research in Human Development Conference. Austin, Texas (Sponsor: The Hogg Foundation)

APRIL 2014

April 2 — Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK 7pm, Student Union Theater
April 2 — Purdue University Extension “All In: Building a Positive Community” Jasper, Indiana  NEWS COVERAGE
April 3 –Beaumont Hospital NoBLE Center being held at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan — 5:30-8:00pm. Registration is required via Beaumont Hospital.
April 9 — Mary McDowell Friends School, Brooklyn, New York (rescheduled for Dec 3, ’14))
April 17 — Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, 4:00 PM at Cin XIII Theatre located at 1 Avenue Junot
April 22Â — Indiana Dept of Education School Safety Specialist Academy. Indianapolis, IN

MAY 2014

May 3 – Parma High School, Parma Ohio Admission is free 1pm – 4:30pm NEWS COVERAGE
May 29 — The Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 East 92nd, New York City.
Q&A Dr. Herbert E. Thomas, author
The Shame Response to Rejection. Welcome 6:30, Film at 7pm. $5 suggested donation for Genoa, New York Food Pantry

JUNE 2014

June 12 — Charleston County School District (South Carolina) Educator Symposium. Introduction with Professor Steve Nida, The Citadel.
June 19 NYSAIS Early Childhood and Lower School Heads Conference. New Paltz, New York
June 19 — McMillen Center for Health Education, Health Lecture Series 2014, Fort Wayne, IN. With Keynote Speaker Kipling Williams. Three ticket options available. More information
June 24-27 — International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, 5th International Congress. Chisinau, Moldova at the Free International University of Moldova.

JULY 2014

July 23 — Professional Development Day. Irvington Community Schools. Indianapolis, IN. For Faculty and Staff Only.
July 24 — Warsaw Community Schools. Warsaw, IN (Private viewing for Administrators. )
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September 3 — Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center. Brooklyn, New York.
September 26 & 27 — Auburn Public Theater, Auburn New York.

Q&A at all three screenings, featuring:
Constance D. Evelyn, Superintendent Auburn School District (Fri night only)
David Connelly, Cayuga Community College
Lucien X. Lombardo, Old Dominion University
Ruth Thomas-Suh, Reject Director
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October 1 West Side Montessori School, New York City.
October 28 Johannes Kepler University. Linz, Austria
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November 8 26th Annual Central New York Peace Studies Conference. Binghamton University,
6pm-8pm. Open to the Public.
Peace Studies Conference


Nov 11 — Braintree After School Enrichment, Base.Org   Braintree, MA (Professional Development)


December 3 — 2014 Indiana Youth Institute Conference “Because KIDS COUNT“. Indianapolis Convention Center Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Kipling Williams, Purdue University, will lead post-screening discussion.
NOTE: For registered conference attendees only.
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December 3 — Mary McDowell Friends School. Brooklyn, New York. 7pm-9pm, Screening and discussion with “Reject” producers Kurt Engfehr and Ruth Thomas Suh.




APRIL 2013

April 2013 Queens University (CANADA), Stigma Research Team. Private Screening

MAY 2013

May 2012 Leiden University, Netherlands, work-in-progress
April 2012 Oklahoma State University, Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence (excerpts and discussion)

JUNE 2013

June 2013 United Ministry of Aurora, Aurora New York


September 2013 Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC (excerpts and discussion)


October 2013 Delphi Community High School, Indiana. Sponsored by Purdue University Extension
October 19th-24th, 2013 22nd HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL 


November 2013— KidCinemaFest Film Festival, NYC. Columbia University Medical Center. 6:45PM Note: for age 16 years+

NEWS COVERAGE  radio interview with local NPR station WGLT show  “Sound Ideas”