November 04, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the documentary film, "Journey to a Hate-free Millennium," on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

Brent Scarpo, who directed and produced the film, will discuss his film, a multiple award-winning documentary that seeks solutions to ending hate and the hate crimes that have become frequent events in the world today.

The film centers around true stories taken from national headlines including: the student shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.; the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African-American man in Texas; and the beating death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming; as well as bias-related crimes against those of the Jewish faith.

How hate is taught
According to Scarpo, the documentary addresses the subject of hate by searching out the origins of how it is "taught and learned," the scope of its danger beginning with childhood taunting to murder.

Following the film and as part of Scarpo's interactive presentation, viewers will be invited to take a stand against hate and create their own vision of a world free of hate, where senseless acts of violence are a thing of the past.

Scarpo has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, producer, writer, director, and casting director in Hollywood. He continues to develop and present diverse subject matters with positive messages through film and television projects, books, special presentations, exhibits, and motivation speaking events. His newest programs explore careers in the entertainment industry, alcohol at colleges and universities, the coming out process for the GLBT, and leadership and community service.

Since October 1999, the "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" educational program has been presented in all 50 states as well as more than 10 countries. This program has been presented at colleges and universities, high schools, middle schools, community events and conferences to a growing audience of more than a million people.

Kristallnacht remembrance
The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the University's annual remembrance of Kristallnacht, sponsored by Campus Jewish Life, Hillel, the Office of LGBT Awareness, and the Association for the Arts.

Kristallnacht marks the beginning of the Holocaust in Germany when organized gangs of Nazi youth roamed through Jewish neighborhoods on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, breaking windows of Jewish businesses and homes, burning synagogues and looting.

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