|Spike Lee – producer, director, actor, writer and entrepreneur – will visit the campus on May 6 as part of the 2003 Distinguished Speaker Series.|
Recognized as a creative force in the film industry, the multi-talented Spike Lee will address the campus community on Tuesday, May 6, from 3-4 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center?s Multipurpose Room.
The visit by Lee ? an accomplished producer, director, actor, writer and entrepreneur as well as movie visionary and candid celebrity ? is part of the 2003 Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by the Associated Students Inc. Bronco Events & Activities Team, the Office of Student Life and the university?s Cultural Centers. The event is open to the public and admission is free, but space is limited. Those visiting from off-campus are required to purchase a daily parking permit ($4) available at the Visitor Information Booth along Kellogg Drive.
An alumnus of Morehouse College and New York University?s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program, Lee has been making an impact with his movies for two decades. After winning a student Academy Award in 1983, he enjoyed his first commercial success in 1986 with ?She?s Gotta Have It.? Since then, Lee?s resume features a list of acclaimed productions including ?Do The Right Thing,? ?Mo? Better Blues,? ?Jungle Fever,? ?Malcom X,? ?He Got Game,? ?Get On The Bus,? ?Love & Basketball,? and ?25th Hour.?
Lee?s films, many that he has also written and produced, offer a wide spectrum and changing perceptions of society. Film critic Leonard Maltin credits Lee with almost single-handedly generating resurgence in African-American cinema.
During a 1996 conference in San Francisco, Lee said ?Growing up in this country, the rich culture I saw in my neighborhood, in my family ? I didn't see that on television or on the movie screen. It was always my ambition that if I was successful I would try to portray a truthful portrait of African Americans in this country, negative and positive.?
For additional information on the Distinguished Speaker Series, contact ASI Public Relations at (909) 869-2158.