Sage hosts Created Equal Film Series as part of Black History Month

February 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

Troy and Albany, NY —To mark the 50th anniversary of many key events in the Civil Rights Movement, The Sage Colleges is offering a series of screenings and discussion forums centered on the Created Equal documentary film series. The Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film set introduces documentary movies with riveting footage and testimony illustrating the long history of civil rights in America. Screenings will be shown on the Albany and Troy campuses beginning in February and continuing through the Underground Railroad History Conference in April. The screenings include:

“Slavery By Another Name
            Documentary and Discussion
            Commentator: Alice Green, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Law and   
            Justice in Albany
            Moderator: Harvey Strum, professor of history and political science
            Monday, February 10, 6-9 pm, Opalka Lecture Hall, Albany campus

“Freedom Riders”
            Documentary Excerpt and Discussion (a WORLD Series Event)
           
Panel: Russell Sage students Rose Rozina, Emily Sarita, Autumn Walker, Black 
            and Latin Students Association
            Moderator: Andor Skotnes, professor of history
            Wednesday, February 12, 1-2 pm, Bush Memorial Hall, Troy campus
            Complete Documentary Showing
            Wednesday, February 12, 7-9 pm, Schacht Fine Arts Center, Art Wing B,
            Troy campus

“The Loving Story”
            Documentary and Discussion
            Commentators:
            Harvey Strum, professor of history and political science,
            Timothy Taylor, assistant professor of law and legal studies
            Wednesday, February 19, 1-3 pm, Opalka Lecture Hall, Albany campus

“The Loving Story”
            Documentary Excerpt and Hoffman Lecture (a WORLD Series Event)
            Hoffman Lecturer: Dr. Julie Novkov, chair and professor of political science and
            women’s studies, University at Albany
            Moderator: Michelle Napierski Prancl, professor of sociology and director of
            women’s studies, Russell Sage
            Wednesday, March 26, 12:30- 2 pm, Bush Memorial Hall, Troy campus
            Complete Documentary Showing
            Wednesday, March 26, 7-9 pm,
Schacht Fine Arts Center, Art Wing B, Troy
            campus

“Slavery By Another Name”
            Documentary and Discussion at the Underground Railroad History
            Conference

            Saturday, April 12, 7-9 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 146 1st Street,
            Troy

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, and uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.

“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Andor Skotnes, professor of history at The Sage Colleges.  “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. Our institution has a diverse student body and we much value multicultural education.”

Sage is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentariesinclude dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.  Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story was nominated for an Emmy in 2013. 

The WORLD Series is a year-long lecture series for first-year Russell Sage students, the campus community and the public, focusing on topics of global and national importance, women's lives, science and technology, and the arts. WORLD stands for “Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing.”

For more information about the screenings at Sage, contact Andor Skotnes, professor of history at (518) 244-2021 or skotna@sage.edu.

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