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Jan
21

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bradford Young Salamishah Tillet Louis Massiah Rea Tajiri Films of Bradford Young: "Mother of George"Penn Humanities Forum International House, 3701 Chestnut Street

New Black Cinematography
Films of Bradford Young
Penn Humanities Forum in collaboration with Cinema Studies and International House Philadelphia

Mother of George (Andrew Dosunmu, 2013, 107 min.)
Follow the tightly knit community of immigrant Nigerians living in Brooklyn, whose insular world is only occasionally punctured by the world outside.

Award-winning cinematograpgher Bradford Young is know for expressive lighting, bold colors, and nuanced representations of dark skin tones on screen. Part of an exciting new wave of independent African American filmmaking. Young uses his stunning visuals to tell stories of family, violence, and diaspora across black communities from New York City to rural Mississippi.

Special apperance by Brandford Young

Panel discussion: Louis Massiah, Rea Tajiri, and Salamishah Tillet



Feb
19

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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David Suzuki The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom LineLevin Family Dean's Forum University Museum, Harrison Auditorium

A scientist, broadcaster, author, and environmental activist, David Suzuki argues that humans are biological beings with an absolute dependence on clean air, water, soil, and sunlight for our survival and well-being, and that we need to rediscover our place in the world so that we and the rest of life can continue to flourish.

Suzuki is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990, with Tara Cullis, he co-founded The David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.”  His written work includes more than 54 books, 19 of them for children. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, B.C.

About the Levin Family Dean’s Forum
The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is a celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. It also recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievement and intellectual promise. The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his son Eric T. Levin, C’92, and Andrew Levin, C'14.