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ideas Speaker Series

Special Events
ideas Speaker Series
2017 Big Auction
2016 Art Auction
"Facing Whiteness"
with Whitney Dow
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00pm
40 Charlton St - PAC
To purchase tickets, click HERE
$20 for adults; students and faculty are free
Friends, family and coworkers are all invited to attend!
Whitney Dow is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. He has has been producing and directing films focused on race and identity for almost two decades as a partner in Two Tone Productions. His directorial credits include documentaries released theatrically and broadcast on commercial and public television: Two Towns of Jasper; I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, Unfinished Country and When the Drum is Beating. His credits as a producer include: Freedom SummerBanished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America The UndocumentedToots and Among the Believers. His films have premiered at festivals ranging from Sundance to Tribeca and been broadcast on networks around the world. His his work has been recognized with: the George Foster Peabody Award; Alfred I. duPont Award; Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award; and the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award as well as numerous film festival honors. 
Dow’s current focus is the Whiteness Project, a story-based interactive media and research project he is producing in collaboration with Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE). The project, which will ultimately include 1,000 subjects from communities across the United States, examines how Americans who identify as “white” or, “partially white”, process their ethnicity, and pairs it with with secondary quantitative data - attitudinal, socioeconomic and genomic.  The resulting media and data set will serve as the foundation for a series of academic and media projects as well as an interactive academic resource that will live in Columbia’s library system.  
Dow is also currently serving as Story Director for the multi-platform Public Media project “Veterans Coming Home” (VCH), a digital initiative by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and interactive storytelling in the Integrated Media Arts (IMA) MFA program at CUNY Hunter College. He has lectured widely and has a Research Scholar appointment at Columbia University.
Contact L.J. Mitchell, Director of Advancement, 477-5320
Last year, Moisés Kaufman, award winning theater director, playwright, and Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project, discussed the role theater plays in this time of tremendous technological innovation, information sharing, and the proliferation of human connection across the globe. Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. He most recently directed a critically lauded production of Bent at the Mark Taper Forum, as well as Daniel Beatty’s The Tallest Tree in the Forest at Kansas City Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, and BAM. Broadway credits include The Heiress33 Variations (which he also wrote); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the members of Tectonic Theater) are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. He also co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound Afro-Cuban adaptation of Bizet’s Carmenfor which he’s collaborating with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Moisés was recently honored by President Obama as a recipient of the National Arts Medal. He and his husband Jeffrey LaHoste founded Tectonic Theater Project in 1991. In 2017, Random House will publish a long anticipated treatise on the company’s trademarked method of theater making, Moment Work, written by Kaufman, Barb Pitts-McAdams, and members of the company. 
The year prior, LREI hosted the following Speaker Series: Race, Housing and Court-ordered Justice in Yonkers:  A Father/Son Conversation with Paul Haggis and James Haggis '16. Award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer Paul Haggis directed HBO's Show Me a Hero.  The mini-series, which premiered last summer, chronicles the events surrounding desegregation and the development of low-income housing in the city of Yonkers in the late 1980s. In 2006, Haggis became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back for Million Dollar Baby (2004), directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004), which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.