The University of Redlands welcomes Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Debra Chasnoff to campus for the week of January 27 through 31. She will give a public lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 28 at the Orton Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Debra Chasnoff is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow (http://www.cic.edu/Programs-and-Services/Programs/Woodrow-Wilson-Visiting-Fellows/Pages/Debra-Chasnoff.aspx
), a program operated by the Council of Independent Colleges. This program allows universities to apply to host prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.
Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Debra Chasnoff is a nationally recognized champion of film as an organizing tool for social justice campaigns and a pioneering leader in the international movement to create safe schools and communities. Her production company, Groundspark
produces and distributes films, educational resources and campaigns on issues ranging from environmental concerns to affordable housing to preventing prejudice.
Chasnoff’s highly acclaimed documentaries address youth and bias issues and are hailed by educators and advocates as an effective tool to help open up dialogue and activism around many of the most challenging issues affecting young people’s lives and school environments. Chasnoff’s most recent film, "Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up," is about the gender and sexuality pressures that teens and young adults face today. Chasnoff’s other award-winning films include, "It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School," "Let’s Get Real (about bias and bullying)," "That’s a Family!(supporting youth growing up in diverse family structures)," and the Academy Award-winning, "Deadly Deception—General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment." Chasnoff’s first film, "Choosing Children," explored the once unheard of idea that lesbians and gay men could become parents.
In addition to dozens of film festival awards, Chasnoff is the recipient of the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation Fellowship for outstanding non-profit leadership, the Pathfinder Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and the first-ever alumna achievement award in documentary filmmaking from Wellesley College.