By Jeffrey Hartinger:
Unity, the gay-straight alliance of Canisius College, in collaboration with the department of Campus Programming and Leadership Development, will welcome Dustin Lance Black to campus on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Black, an Academy Award winning screenwriter and prominent LGBT activist, will visit the Jesuit institution for a presentation entitled, “Leadership for Equal Rights and Screenwriting Milk.”
Black most recently has won an Oscar for writing the screenplay Milk; a 2008 movie which portrays the struggles and untimely death of politician Harvey Milk. Milk, most notable for being the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, is considered by politicians and historians as a “martyr for gay rights.” Raised Mormon, Black has also contributed his writing efforts to the HBO show Big Love, a drama series which revolves around a fundamentalist Mormon family that practices polygamy.
Black will touch on a variety of topics and issues during his presentation, including his experiences in the entertainment industry, his role as a modern LGBT activist, and the triumphs and struggles of being an up – and – coming screenwriter in the 21st Century.
Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit Institutions of higher learning in the United States, which places emphasis on social acceptance, diversity, and educating students to be men and women for others, in addition to being leaders in the classroom, in the work environment, and in their communities.
Dustin Lance Black
“Leadership for Equal Rights & Screenwriting Milk”
March 10, 2011
Montante Cultural Center
The event is free and open to the public.
Doors open at 6:30PM for Canisius Students with a valid Student ID and 6:45PM for the general public.
If there are any questions or comments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive more information on this upcoming event.