Leah MahanKeynote Speaker
Monday, Nov. 3
6 – 8pm
Founders Hall 118
Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She is a Film Envoy for the American Film Showcase and has been a fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab. She produced/directed Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (2013) and Sweet Old Song (2002); co-produced Gaining Ground (2013); and co-produced/directed Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street (1996).
Leah Mahan will discuss her exploration of the intersections between race and environment in the making of the documentary Come Hell or High Water and the development of Bridge The Gulf, a community journalism project driven by mediamakers and advocates working to create a more healthy, just and resilient Gulf Coast.
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The Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at HSU that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year’s Dialogue will run from November 3 – 7.
The vision of CDOR is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The program’s mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression.
This year’s theme is “HSU’s 101st Year: What Now? Continuing our Conversations on Race.”
This theme encompasses (but not limited to) the following:
- Queer people of color/trans community, gender/sexuality intersectionality
- Impact of deportation on economy – children crossing borders
- Social stigma of “I (illegal)” word
- Native history and presence
- Coalition building and building connections
- Sports mascot issues (including “In Whose Honor” film about University of Illinois mascot)
- Organizing/empowering people and activism
- Police brutality/racial profiling/Ferguson, MO
- Racism in judicial system
- Sexualized violence
- Body justice and/or/including ableism (discrimination against people with disabilities)
- Environmental racism
- Media – both how it perpetuates racism and how it can be used to organize (including social media)
- Housing justice/injustice, gentrification
- Education justice