Just prior to Black Friday, the Lourdes University Social Science Club is inviting members of the community to explore the world of consumerism and its effects on the human condition during its “Coffee & Documentaries” installment on Wednesday, November 20. The event takes place in the lower level of St. Francis Hall on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Participants will watch the documentary Consumed: Inside the Belly of the Beast while enjoying coffee and refreshments at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion at 8 p.m.


Consumed delves into the world of modern consumerism and how it has become the cornerstone of our post-industrial age, and asks the question, “How much do we know about it and what it is doing to us?” Using theories of evolutionary psychology to underpin a bold narrative of our times, the film takes a whirlwind tour through the “weird mental illness of consumerism,” demonstrating how our insatiable appetite has driven us into the jaws of the beast, offering both an apocalyptic and redemptive view of the human condition.

The Social Science Club is an educational student group aimed at promoting and supplementing Lourdes’ criminal justice, psychology, social work, and sociology programs through seminars, workshops, public speakers, and field experience. The group also focuses on developing cohesiveness outside the academic setting through volunteerism and community partnerships with organizations such as Family Connections.

For more information on this event and Lourdes’ Social Science Club, contact Advisor Pat Bellomo, PhD, at pbellomo@lourdes.edu.