Benedictine University to host episode of nationally acclaimed docuseries, America to Me

February 21, 2019

America to MeLisle, IL – More than three years ago, filmmaker Steve James spent the 2015-2016 school year documenting the lives of a dozen students from Oak Park and River Forest High School. His goal, he said, was to examine “race and equity and their impact on the quest for racial parity.”

On March 4th from 7 to 9 p.m., at Benedictine University (5700 College Road, Lisle, IL), James, five students from the documentary and the Oak Park and River Forest Board President, will screen an episode from the 10-part docuseries, America to Me, at the Daniel L. Goodwin Auditorium.

Best known for his breakthrough 1994 feature, Hoop Dreams, America to Me has been hailed as the best documentary by The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times called it the one of the Best TV Shows of 2018.

“One of the reasons I wanted to do this series was to dig deeper into how deep-seated institutional racism and societal racism runs in this country,” said James.

“One of the things about the series that really surprised me was how amazingly sophisticated and insightful these kids are about their place in the world, and what’s wrong with this world, and what’s right with this world,” he added.

The evening film screening is part of the annual campus-wide, day-long Teach-In on Social Justice involving more than 1,000 Benedictine University students, faculty and staff participating in keynote addresses, workshops, and activities to promote social engagement, justice, equity and the Benedictine Hallmarks which include hospitality and a call to serve the common good. The two themes of this year’s Teach-In are Environmental Justice and Sustainability and Inclusion/Inclusivity.

For more information about the America to Me screening, contact Marco Masini at mmasini@ben.edu or Peter Huff at phuff@ben.edu. Seating is limited and registration is recommended at https://ben.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8tOp7J1g3yVl09L.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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