Documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt to speak at Penn State on March 12

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- Award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer and anti-sexist activist, Byron Hurt, will be speaking at 7 p.m. on March 12 in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.

Hurt's most recent documentary, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and has since appeared in more than 50 film festivals world-wide. In addition to “Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” Hurt has also written, directed, and produced “Soul Food Junkies” as well as “Barack and Curtis.” "Soul Food Junkies" is all about the journey into the culture of southern soul food while studying the potential problems that come along with this type of food. “Barack and Curtis” is a short documentary film examining the difference between then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Rapper/Mogul Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Hurt is a nationally respected activist. Since 1993, he has working to broaden and deepen how people think about race and gender. His first film, “I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America,” is a 60-minute documentary about the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from over fifteen cities across the country. The film shows the damaging effects of patriarchy, racism and sexism in American culture.

As an activist, Byron has served as a long-time gender violence prevention educator. The former Northeastern University football quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Hurt is also the former associate director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

Because of his work, Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music and visual media. The Center for Women Students is sponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public.

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Last Updated April 19, 2017