On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Montana State University Leadership Institute screens "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train." This seventy-eight minute documentary looks at the life of the renowned historian, activist and author.

Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor.

Featuring rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues such as Noam Chomsky, the acclaimed film captures the essence of this extraordinary man who has been a catalyst for progressive change. Addressing Zinn's character, Noam Chomsky declares that "it is no exaggeration to say he has changed the consciousness of a generation."

Narrated by Matt Damon and featuring music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg, this award-winning film documents the life of the historian, activist and author of the best selling classic, "A People's History of the United States." Zinn challenges the audience when he says, "To be neutral and to be passive is to collaborate with whatever is going on." Zinn defines democracy as "not just a counting-up of votes" but a "counting-up of actions."

Experience the essence of activist Howard Zinn, who has been a catalyst for progressive change for over 60 years, at 7 p.m. at MSU's Procrastinator Theatre, located at 125 Linfield Hall. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by ASMSU and the MSU Leadership Institute.