Westwood News
Steve McQueen Will Be At UCLA
By Alex Nochez
Feb 26, 2014 - 8:54:11 PM

WESTWOOD — Award nominated director Steve McQueen will be at the UCLA Anderson School of Management for a live interview on February 28.
Steve McQueen.


The director of “12 Years a Slave” will be at the James Bridges Theater of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television to start the brand new speaker series, “Entertainment That Matters.”


“The critical and commercial success of McQueen's Oscar-nominated movie, '12 Years a Slave,' clearly demonstrates the power of storytelling to educate a new generation about an important period in America that is currently omitted from most school curriculum,” said UCLA Anderson professor Sanjay Sood in a press release.


The series will star personalities from film and television who will discuss “the power of media, storytelling and celebrity” to educate and influence the public at large. On McQueen's part, he has championed the notion of having the book “12 Years a Slave,” as required reading in the curriculum of public schools across the country. The Nation School Boards Association recently approved an initiative that would allow the book, film and a study guide based on both to be available to schools nationwide.


The event, which will be conducted by professor of sociology Darnell Hunt, will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Since seating is limited, RSVP is required, which can be done at the Anderson School's official website. For more information, people can call 310-825-7211, or they can email memes@anderson.ucla.edu.

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