Award winning photojournalist in St. Cloud for �Voicings 2008�

Monday, March 10, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Four presentations, one featuring the former official photographer for Nelson Mandela, will come to St. Cloud’s Paramount Theatre as part of the St. Cloud State University Voicings 2008 festival, “Democracy.”  All events are free and open to the public.

“The Education of Shelby Knox,” a documentary about abstinence-only sex education in Lubbock, Texas, will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, followed by a discussion with directors Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt.

Directors Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno will talk about their documentary, “Revolution ’67,” on Wednesday, April 2. The film, an examination of the Newark riots of 1967, begins at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 8, “Licensed to Kill,” a documentary about homophobia in America, will be presented at 7 p.m. followed by discussion by director Aurthur Dong.  The screening and talk are recommended for mature audiences.

Both “Shelby Knox” and “Licensed to Kill” are Sundance Award-winning films and “Revolution ’67” has won a Paul Robeson Award.

The fourth presentation, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, will feature South African native George Hallet, who is an award-winning photojournalist and was the African National Congress official photographer for the 1994 elections and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Hallet’s presentation offers a contrast between the situation in the United States and that of post-apartheid South Africa.

All events, a project of St. Cloud State University, are free and open to the public.  The Paramount Theatre is at 913 West St. Germain St., St. Cloud.  Details are posted at  

“Voicings 2008: Democracy” explores the interaction of contentious groups within democratic societies both domestically and internationally.  The underlying premise: can a democratic society continue to function civilly and justly when groups that make up its electorate view each other, not merely through a suspicious lens, but actually consider each other anathematic?  In addressing the issue, “Voicings 2008” explores whether we are Americans or have splintered into an amalgam of narrow self-interests lacking the will to articulate or work toward a common good.  

This is the fourth year of “Voicings,” a combination fine arts festival and scholarly symposium that explores the social ramifications of language.   Mark Eden, a St. Cloud State assistant professor of mass communications, founded and organizes the annual festival.

Funding for “Voicings 2008” has been provided by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, through funding by the Minnesota Legislature, and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.  Additional funding has been provided by the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Sponsored Programs, Women’s Center, Multicultural Student Services, Women’s Action, GLBT Services, KVSC and the Department of Mass Communications, all at St. Cloud State. Additional sponsors include Twin Cities Federal Bank, Diversified Media Resources, Inc., Regent Broadcasting, the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. 

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Media:  Contact is Assistant Professor Mark Eden, SCSU Department of Mass Communications, 320-308-53

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