The Roxbury Community College
Media Arts Center
April 13 6-9pm
Rev, Dr. Gloria White Hammond is the Co-Founder and Co-Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and Founding Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur. She co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a women-led humanitarian and human rights initiative, and created the faith-based creative writing/mentoring ministry called “Do the Write Thing” for high risk African-American adolescent females.
Alrick Brown has a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A filmmaker and teacher, he has found his calling writing, directing, and producing narrative films and documentaries often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. It was after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, that he was inspired to attend film school. For over two years he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village and his overall experiences in West Africa have informed his creative expression; an expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. Alrick has devoted his energy to changing the world by giving a voice to the voiceless and telling stories that otherwise would not be told. Alrick’s collective work has screened in over forty film festivals, national and international, and received numerous awards.
Dr. Michelle Cromwell is a professor of Social and Political Systems at Pine Manor College. She is also a dialogue facilitator and peace and conflict resolution practitioner. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and her areas of specialty are peace education, violence prevention, capacity building and multicultural advocacy. She is the founder of Multicultural Village a non profit which works locally and internationally to teach peace building skills through workshops, service, and dialogues. She partners with NGOs, communities and government entities in Jamaica, Ghana and Trinidad and plans to extend ?the work? to N. Uganda and Nepal. Her coauthored book chapter with Dr. William Vogele, “Nonviolent action and trust: Building a culture of peace” can be found in the Handbook of Building Cultures of Peace.
Darren Dean was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, where he still resides. Prior to entering the world of film, Dean was a respected journalist and front-man for the popular New York-based rock band, Shot. Dean’s first foray into film was the multi-award winning short film Sleep Over, which caught the attention of director Sean Baker, leading the two to work together on Prince of Broadway. Dean recently wrapped up as Producer on his second feature, Kinyarwanda. He is currently developing the Soul Tigers musical film slated to roll in 2012 and Brian Quain’s Mystery James for 2013. Dean is an Independent Spirit Award nominee.
Dr. Leigh Swigart is director of Programs in International Justice and Society at the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life of Brandeis University. She oversees the Brandeis Institute for International Judges and the Brandeis Judicial Colloquia, as well as other programs for members of the judicial and human rights communities worldwide.She is the coauthor, with Center Director Daniel Terris and Cesare Romano, of The International Judge: An Introduction to the Men and Women Who Decide the World’s Cases. Her academic work and publications have focused on language use in post-colonial Africa and recent African immigration and refugee resettlement in the United States. Holding a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington, Swigart is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellowship for Anthropological Research.