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Wittenberg Series Presents Director Lee Hirsch For Visual Artist Residency

October 1, 2012  
 Filed in Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University welcomes documentary filmmaker Lee Hirsch to campus Oct. 9-10 for a Wittenberg Series-sponsored Visual Artist Residency. Hirsch will present a public lecture titled “An Evening with Lee Hirsch: Bully,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Weaver Chapel (NOTE THE CHANGE IN VENUE FROM Pam Evans Smith Arena, HPER Center). The event is free and open to the public.

An article in The New York Times about the documentary Bully states that “Lee Hirsch’s moving and troubling documentary about the misery some children inflict upon others arrives at a moment when bullying, long tolerated as a fact of life, is being redefined as a social problem.”

Hirsch directed and produced for the Discovery Channel’s series Next World, a multi-part series that examines what the world will look like in 30 years, and he is an established director of music videos. He shot a narrative on location in Zanzibar for Springfield native John Legend’s “Show Me,” which was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image award. Hirsch received the Best Video of the Year award from the National Television and Video Association of South Africa for his work with Bongo Maffin.

His debut feature film, Amandla! a Revolution in Four Part Harmony, chronicles the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle through a celebration of its musical heroes. Released to critical acclaim, the film won the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and one of five Emmy awards for which it was nominated.

The residency, made possible through the generous support of K. David Weidner ’83, Ph.D., and William E. Gannon Jr., M.D., Community Alliance for Youth, the Faculty Endowment Fund Board, and WYSO 91.3 FM., includes the public lecture and an Interdepartmental Program at 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.

Now in its 30th year, the Wittenberg Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at 937-206-3539 or via e-mail at jfox@wittenberg.edu.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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