SJPP Screens Documentary on College Access, Hosts Panel Featuring Film’s Director and Stars

Posted October 14th, 2010 at 4:01 pm.

The Social Justice Partnership Program and 360° invite the Bryn Mawr Community to a special screening of the documentary film First Person and an opportunity to talk with some of those featured in the movie.

First Person unfolds through the eyes of six promising Philadelphia teens. The film opens on the first day of 11th grade, as each student embarks on the most important year of high school. The film takes viewers inside the challenges of pursuing college while navigating the responsibilities of family, the pressures of the streets, and the absurdities of a school system that fails to graduate almost half its students.

The campus community and the general public are invited to see this powerful film, meet some of the students featured, and talk to experts in the field of higher-education access at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Thomas 110. Admission to the event is free.

After the film, issues of access will be the topic of discussion by a panel that will include the film’s director, Ben Herold, and some of the students featured in the movie.  President of Philadelphia Academies and First Lady of Philadelphia  Lisa Nutter;  Executive Director of Research for Action Kate Shaw; Azsherae  Gary ’12, a graduate of the Philadelphia school system; and current Parkway West High School senior Aaron Jones will also take part.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, Herold will also hold a working session on college access in the English House lecture hall from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. Professionals from several Philadelphia college-access programs will be on hand to meet and work with members of the Bryn Mawr community, especially those interested in these issues. This event is open to the Bryn Mawr community. No advance registration is necessary to attend.

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