G.T. Reyes to host discussion of Fruitvale Station, CHD Conference

On Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m., Boehm 145 will feature a free screening of Fruitvale Station sponsored by the Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity. The screening will feature a discussion hosted by Dr. G. T. Reyes, an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University, East Bay. He will also be the Keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Commission on Human Diversity Conference on March 2.

According to the CHD, “Reyes’ work is grounded in a commitment to the empowerment of young folks, teachers, school leaders and education workers to value their ancestral traditions while radically imagining and building capacity in ways that can transform their own realities.”

Fruitvale Station tells the true story of the death of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan). Grant was killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale District Station in Oakland, CA. The film contains actual footage filmed right before the killing on Jan. 1, 2009 at 2:15 a.m.

This film also features star actors Melonie Diaz as Sophina, Octavia Spencer as Wanda, Kevin Durand as Officer Caruso and Chad Michael Murray as Officer Ingram. The involved officers’ names were changed for the film.

This American biographical drama film released in theaters on July 12, 2013. It was written and directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Academy Award Winner Forest Whittaker. Fruitvale Station is also Coogler’s first feature-length film.

It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film. According to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine, it was “the best movie at the Sundance Film Festival. An unstoppable cinematic force.” It was also featured at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section and won the award for Best First Film. It is a Cannes Film Festival Official Selection.

The screening is followed by the 8th Annual Conference of the Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity (CHD) on Friday, March 2, in the McFarland Student Union Building. According to the university website, the CHD “pursues the goals of having a university community where all members honor each other’s differences. It sets priorities, monitors changes and educates the community in order to create an environment in which all members will receive proper recognition, encouragement and support.”

After accepting proposals “related to the various dimensions of multiculturalism, diversity, social justice, inclusion and equity,” the CHD will hold workshops and seminars at 9 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A poster session will be held at 11 a.m. and keynote speaker, Dr. G. T. Reyes, an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University, East Bay, will be featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will also be served during the conference.

“Reyes’ work is grounded in a commitment to the empowerment of young folks, teachers, school leaders and education workers to value their ancestral traditions while radically imagining and building capacity in ways that can transform their own realities,” according to the CHD.

To register, visit http://kutztown.libsurveys.com/CHD2018, especially if you plan to come for lunch. Feel free to invite other students, staff or members of the general public to register and attend.

According to the CHD, those “seeking to understand conversations that are difficult, empathize with others, step back to listen, and step forward with sensitivity,” should attend whether it be for the whole day, part of the day or for a session or two.

For more information, contact the CHD at 610-683-4923.

 

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