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The Stanton Anthony Breakfast and Conversation 2016

Youth Homelessness and Human Resiliency in the Face of Adversity

Join the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Center during their annual Stanton Anthony Breakfast and Conversation. This year’s program will focus on youth homelessness and the resiliency of the human spirit with a film screening, keynote address, and Q&A. A breakfast buffet will be served.

Friday, October 7, 2016
8:00-10:00 AM
Interfaith Chapel- River Level, University of Rochester River Campus

This event is open to the Public
$25 per person/$15 per UR student, $200 for a Table of 8

This year’s program will focus on youth homelessness and the resiliency of the human spirit. A breakfast buffet will be served.
If These Walls Could Talk, a short documentary featuring Rochester talent and based on actual events, will be shown. The film authentically portrays both the struggles and opportunities of homeless youth through narrative improvisation. It celebrates the resiliency, determination, talent, and creativity of young men facing homelessness and living in a transitional living center through the Center for Youth. Prior to the screening, film director Matthew Spaull will discuss his use of film as a medium to convey community awareness messages and discuss his work with youth. After the screening, keynote D. Watkins, whose book, The Cook Up, was on the New York Times Best-Sellers Crime and Punishment List in June and July this summer, will offer his commentary on the film to address the struggles homeless youth face. He will use his personal narrative of being involved in the Baltimore drug trade and then becoming an author and educator as a backdrop to discuss how education and art can be transformative empowering young people in disfranchised communities. Also, as a columnist for Salon, Mr. Watkins will offer insightful commentary on American culture and race in light of current events.

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University of Rochester
Susan B. Anthony Center
PO Box 270435
Rochester, NY 14627

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Speaker Bios: 

D. WatkinsD. Watkins is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. His work has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ford’s Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. Watkins is from and lives in East Baltimore. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America.






deleteMatthew Spaull’s passion for filmmaking is in telling compelling stories that use traditional techniques with the constant evolution of technology faced in the industry. He likes to call his style “solution-based filmmaking,” where the audience is not only able to relate to the issues being discussed, but the individuals, organizations, or institutions provide actionable solutions to those issues. The goal is to give us a sense of hope, justice, or outcome that reaches the viewer and empowers them to see the best in humanity. He lives in Rochester, NY and is an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in Film & Animation and Producer at Content Central, a production company based in Rochester, NY.