The Santa Monica College Global Citizenship Council is presenting a new series of discussion forums and a film screening entitled “A Focus on Education… For Educators & the Community.”

The series is held in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free and open to the public.

The series, which began March 24, continues Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. with “The Commercialization of Children: How Your Children May Be Learning to Be a Lifelong Consumer,” a dialogue sponsored by A Collaboration of Early Childhood Educators and SMC’s Early Childhood Education Department, facilitated by Pauline McPeake of The Growing Place.

Future screenings will include “Making Education Relevant: Connecting What We Teach to What Students Care About,” a discussion on the ways in which faculty in the Santa Monica education community infuse their classes, regardless of discipline, with ideas and activities that put learning in various contexts.

The discussion will feature SMC physical science professor Muriel Walker-Waugh, English professor Dan Cano, philosophy professor Amber Katherine and is set for Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

The March 24 screening was “A Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement,” a documentary film screening and panel discussion.

Information, (310) 434-4843.