UBC Journalism's Asper Public Lecture with Michèle Stephenson

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In Beyond Inclusion: Building Narratives of Liberation Stephenson muses on how her personal life experiences have shaped not only the art or work she does or how she sees the world, but how they have required her to be accountable for her actions - conscious or not. Can we achieve personal or social transformation without interrogating our own complicity in maintaining inequitable structures we are a part of? Filmmaker, artist and author Stephenson thinks not. But we also have the capacity to grow and contribute to positive change when we question our practice as storytellers reflecting the world around us.     About Michèle Stephenson: Michèle Stephenson is a Haitian filmmaker and former human rights attorney who is committed to making personal human stories that are too often excluded from mainstream media.

 With spouse Joe Brewster, Stephenson founded the Rada Film Group with a mission of telling stories about communities that have been neglected by the mainstream media and contribute to the American narrative mosaic. In 1999, Brewster and Stephenson produced the award-winning documentary, American Promise,  which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking, and numerous other awards.  Stephenson's work has appeared on PBS, Showtime, MTV and other outlets. Her honors include: NAACP Image Award, Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color, ADFF; Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, ABFF; Diversity Award, SilverDocs International Documentary Film Festival; and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media.

Students, alumni, faculty members, staff, and community members are all welcome to join in this signature event hosted by the UBC School of Journalism.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.  About the Asper Visiting Professor:  This appointment, made possible by the Asper Visiting Professor Endowment Fund, allows a prominent journalist to come to the School of Journalism and contribute to teaching and learning in its professional graduate program. The purpose of the Visiting Professor Program is to provide students with additional opportunities to learn from professionals from the field of journalism, as well as to provide the recipient with an opportunity to think and teach about journalistic themes and issues. 

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