History Department Movie Night
The West Point Department of History hosted another Movie Night to view the award-winning 2015 film, Concussion, starring Will Smith. Eighteen cadets attended the viewing and participated in an interdisciplinary discussion led by the USCC Brigade Surgeon, Major Amina Moghul, and History Department faculty, Majors Ed Hoogland and Nate Clason. MAJ Moghul provided valuable insight on the impact of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) on the human brain and how the Army and West Point - The U.S. Military Academy handle concussions. Cadets discussed concussions at West Point and how the Academy and the Army have changed the way they identify and treat concussions and traumatic brain injuries. After watching the movie, cadets discussed the personal journey of the Nigerian immigrant, Dr. Bennet Omalu, as he confronted the NFL, the city of Pittsburgh, and the United States with scientific evidence indicating that football can lead to brain damage. The cadets demonstrated the ability to think critically not only about concussions, but about their own culture and cultural assumptions that were challenged by Dr. Omalu and his research.