Herb and Dorothy (2008, 87 minutes, Not Rated). This documentary follows the story of Herb and Dorothy
Vogel. He was a postal worker and she was a librarian, and together they redefined what it means to be an art
collector. They used their simple means to build an important art collection, and they helped transform the iden-
tity marker of what was once a very elitist group. This documentary provides a unique opportunity to talk about
social class, identity, and difference in a very unexpected way.
House, M.D.: “Three Stories” (2005, Season 1, Episode 21, 44 minutes, Rated TV-14). This episode of the
award-winning medical drama allows students an interesting opportunity to think about the social construction
of identity. While teaching a class of medical students, Dr. House uses three stories about patients presenting
with leg pain. Each patient is characterized by different aspects of their identity, and the future doctors are en-
couraged to become better communicators as a result of the lesson.
The Namesake (2007, 122 minutes, Rated PG-13). A young Indian boy struggles with his identity while living
in New Jersey with his traditional parents.
Samantha Who?: “Pilot” (2007, Season 1, Episode 1, 22 minutes, Rated TV-14). The pilot episode from this
television series may trigger a discussion about losing (and rebuilding) your sense of identity. The main charac-
ter suffers from amnesia and cannot recall who she is or most details about her life.
Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action (2010, Not Rated)
(http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action). In this TED talk, Simon Sinek
states, “People do not buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Sinek starts by drawing a “golden circle” and
asking, “Why?” This simple demonstration explains organizational identity from a different perspective.
A Small Act (2010, 88 minutes, Not Rated). This documentary tells of a young Kenyan man whose education
was sponsored by a stranger from Sweden. In return for this kindness, the young man started a scholarship pro-
gram. The film offers an opportunity to talk about intersections between race, poverty, education, and identity
as well as how individuals can work with differences to achieve organizational goals.
13 Hours (2016, 144 minutes, Rated R). Students can identify various people from the movie with key terms
such as self-doubter, struggler, surfer, storyteller, strategist, stencil, and soldier. Break students into groups and
instruct them to build character identity profiles from the movie.