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Paul Laurence Dunbar Documentary Screening & Conversation: MVS Speaker Series

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask
Documentary Film Screening & Conversation
with Frederick Lewis, award-winning filmmaker and professor
Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
The Neon, 130 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask is a feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar, an eminent Daytonian and one of the first African-American writers to gain international fame. In telling Dunbar’s story, Beyond the Mask also depicts the story of the African-American experience around the turn of the 20th century. More than eight years in the making, Beyond The Mask received major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support from Ohio Humanities. The filmmaker, Frederick Lewis, will be on hand to introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

Frederick Lewis is a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University. His independent documentaries have been seen on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and been screened at more than 100 cultural/educational venues, including the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Professor Lewis is a recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award, Ohio University’s highest honor for transformative teaching, curriculum innovation and mentoring. He has been a Fulbright Specialist in Hungary and has also taught or lectured in England, Germany, France, Ukraine, Malaysia and Vietnam.

This event is free and open to the public. The Neon’s concession stand will be open with refreshments for purchase. The film’s content is suitable for teenagers, and students are welcome to attend. Don’t forget to invite a friend! RSVP requested: https://bit.ly/DunbarDocumentary2023


February 9
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Neon
130 E 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402 United States
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