FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sept. 13, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens

734.487.4400

ward.mullens@emich.edu

EMU LECTURE SERIES OFFERS ECCLECTIC MIX

YPSILANTI - The headliners for the Eastern Michigan University 2000-2001 Spectrum Lecture Series include a member of the famed Kennedy clan, two high-profile African American writers, an actor from "The Blair Witch Project", and an animator for "The Simpsons."

The schedule:

Rory Kennedy, an independent documentary filmmaker, will discuss her award-winning documentary, "American Hollow" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the McKenny Union Ballroom. A screening of the film is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 26, at the Bruce T. Halle Library on campus. "American Hollow" chronicles an Appalachian family caught between century-old tradition and the demands of the modern world.

Michael Williams, who rocketed to fame as one of three young people chasing a legendary witch in the woods of Maryland in "The Blair Witch Project," will talk about how he broke into the entertainment industry. He is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, at EMU's Pease Auditorium.

David Silverman, former animation director and writer for "The Simpsons" television series, will present clips and provide an insider's look at America's favorite underachieving family, 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, in the McKenny Union Ballroom.

The Lecture Series segues from the world of moving images to that of the written word in 2001.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an author and Visiting Distinguished Professor of African-American Studies at Columbia University, will provide the afternoon lecture and keynote address for the President's Luncheon as part of the University's Martin Luther King celebration Jan. 15, 2001. The afternoon lecture is free. The President's Luncheon is a ticketed event.

Rebecca Walker, an activist, journalist and author, concludes the lecture series Wednesday, March 14, 2001. Walker, author of 'To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism," is one of the most audible voices of the young women's movement. Her lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the McKenny Union Ballroom.

The Spectrum Lecture Series, sponsored by McKenny Union and Campus Life, is free. For information, call McKenny Union and Campus Life at (734) 487-3045.

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