How It Works

PBC Guru has partnered with Michigan State University to create a virtual movie club for alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. The movie club will connect through a private online forum where all participants can discuss the current movie and network with each other. Participation is completely free and all movie selections will be available to stream on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime Video. Depending on what streaming service(s) you subscribe to, there may be a small cost associated to rent the movie. The movie club will discuss a new movie every month. You can join the movie club at any time and do not have to participate in every viewing session.

Our October Selection:

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American Factory

Why Join

1. Connect with fellow Spartans: The Spartan Social Justice Movie Club will introduce you to MSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends from across backgrounds, geographies, generations and professions. Meet new people and gain different perspectives while watching and discussing the movie.
2. Embrace lifelong learning and watch movies that matter: The Spartan Social Justice Movie Club will expose you to impactful and important movies that you might have otherwise missed. The group will watch a range of independent films, documentaries and bigger studio productions so there will be plenty of variety. Through the discussion of each film, you and your fellow members will gain fresh insights and learn from each other.
3. Embrace the power of film: Movies allow us to experience different cultures, narratives and ways of life which can enhance our own lives. Films can also help us learn, drive social change and help us process difficult life lessons. [1]

The Movies

Below are a few examples of the kind of movies the group may watch and discuss.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often will movies be discussed, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

The movie club will watch a new movie every month. During the month, there will be an ongoing discussion in the online forum about the movie.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the movie club?

No, the movie club will be entirely online and the discussion will take place in a private forum. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for all Michigan State University alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends! Depending on what streaming service(s) you subscribe to, there may be a small cost associated to rent the movie.

How do I get the movies?

Movies will be selected that are available for online streaming in the United States on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Depending on what streaming service(s) you subscribe to, there may be a small cost associated to rent the movie. Participants can also check their local library or rent them elsewhere.

How do movie club discussions work?

During the viewing period, participants will watch the movie and then engage in the online forum. The movie club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and facilitate conversations about topics in the movie. Participants will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for participants to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We're using a private forum to host the movie club, so it's easy to connect with fellow Spartans. During our sign-up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the Spartan Social Justice Movie Club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book and movie club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations, schools and professional societies. The MSU Alumni Office is teaming up with PBC Guru to make this program available to alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.

I've already signed up. How do I log in?

If you are already a member, you can click here to log in.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru and they'll be happy to help.