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Framingham State to host award-winning documentarian next week

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 6, 2013 02:19 PM

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Framingham State will host award-winning photographer and documentarian Dan Habib on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Habib is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Habib's award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family's efforts to have their son, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, included in every facet of their lives, as well as in his elementary school.

Habib’s second film, Who Cares About Kelsey?, seeks to make viewers reconsider the emotional and behavioral problems kids have in high school.

The university will screen each film on Feb. 13, followed by a discussion. Including Samuel will be shown at 4 p.m., and Who Cares About Kelsey? will be screened at 7 p.m.

The screenings and discussions are free and open to the public, and will take place in the McCarthy Center Forum.

The event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals needing other accommodations may contact University Events at reservations@framingham.edu or 508 626-4986.

The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2011 to bring scholars from across the country to the university for presentations on thought-provoking issues, ideas and theories.

The theme of this year’s series is "Accepting Others: Finding Common Ground." Each speaker has played a role in challenging stereotypes, breaking down social barriers and exploring important issues such as gender violence, racism
and physical and mental disabilities.

Habib is the final speaker in this year’s series. Past speakers included Isabel Wilkerson, John Amaechi and Dr. Jackson Katz.

For more information about his films, visit each one's website: www.includingsamuel.com and www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com.

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