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2017 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Featuring Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer & Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Honoree: Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Invitation poster for the Diversity Summit, Jan. 19 & 20, 2017

Dr. Julianne Malveaux has been selected as the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer and the Estlow Lecturer and recipient of the University of Denver's Anvil of Freedom award in recognition of the publication of her book, Are we better off? Race, Obama and public policy, published in February 2016. This book is a compilation of Malveaux's columns that offer a review of the highs and lows of the Obama presidency from an African American perspective. Malveaux is a journalist, author, and economist and has been a regular commentator featured on CNN, PBS, NBC, BET, and FOX among others, and her columns have appeared in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, and more. Her writings provide insights on a range of topics, including the merits of minority-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurship, the payday loan debt system that traps many moderate and low income people in poverty, and the societal benefits of a livable minimum wage. For five years, Malveaux served as President of Bennett College, which along with Spelman College is one of only two all-women historically black colleges. During the election season Malveaux called for both Clinton and Trump to address the nation's poor and hungry in their debates.

As part of this year's Diversity Summit Julianne Malveaux will be participating in a panel discussion on Thursday evening, January 19 as the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer alongside local economists, business people, and journalists. Many policy questions remain unanswered in the wake of this year's Presidential election: our panelists will discuss this murkiness and the possibilities it holds for business and the economy while setting up an agenda for the incumbent. Panelists include Joelle Martinez, Executive Director of the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver, Candi CdeBaca, Executive Director of Project VOYCE, and Dana Coffield, Business Editor of the Denver Post. A reception will precede the event.

Dr. Malveaux will also be the featured Estlow International Center for New Media lecturer and recipient of the University of Denver's Anvil of Freedom award at the University's Diversity Summit keynote breakfast on Friday, January 20, speaking on  The Story of Us: Race, Gender, and Community in Trump's U.S. Economy.

Registration for both events is now open. Please consider joining us for other Diversity Summit events during the weekend!

Accolades for "Happy F-Ing Valentine's Day" 

Happy F-ing Valentine's Day , the inaugural film by Project DU F.I.L.M. (Film Initiative Linking to Mentors) has been toppling expectations in its first film festival season. 

The short narrative film was co-written by MFJS Associate Professor Sheila Schroeder and Kate Burns and was cast, filmed, edited, and produced by DU students, alumni, and faculty in an incredible collaboration of minds and expertise. 

So far Happy F-ing Valentine's Day has been, or will be, screened at the following festivals, winning multiple awards along the way:

Lyons Film Festival Audience Choice Award laurels

Longmont Front Range Film Festival
April 2016
Winner: Audience Award 

Lyons Film Festival 
June 2016
Winner: Audience Choice Award

Intendence Film Festival
June 2016

Breckenridge Film Festival laurels

Out Here Now Kansas City LGBT Film Festival 
June 2016
Winner: Best Short Comedy Film

North Caroline LGBT Film Festival
August 2016

Breckenridge Film Festival
September 2016

Reeling Film Festival
September 2016

Lyons Film Festival Audience Choice Award laurels

TampaBay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
September 2016

Cinema Systers Film Festival
September 2016

International Women's Film Festival
October 2016

Dallas VideoFest
October 2016
Winner: Best Short Narrative

Out on Film
October 2016

Denver Film Festival
November 2016

Durango Independent Film Festival
March 2017

The script has been accepted at the following festivals:

Broad Humor Film Festival Best Short Screenplay laurels

Broad Humor Film Festival
Winner: Best Short Screenplay

Las Vegas Screenplay Contest
Official Finalist: Short Screenplay

Houston Comedy Film Festival nomination

Houston Comedy Film Festival
Nominated: Best Short Screenplay

American Movie Awards
Official Finalist: Short Screenplay

International Women's Film Festival
Official Selection

University Film & Video Association, Washington, D.C.
Script Division Reading

Invited public screenings:

Dyke Night at the Movies
Oakland, CA
November 2016


DU Project F.I.L.M.

Shooting Happy F-ing Valentines Day onsiteMade up of DU alumni and current students, Project F.I.L.M (Film Initiative Linking to Mentors) was created in 2015 by MFJS associate professor Sheila Schroeder to bring together students and mentors in the film production field.

This spring the collective premiered their first short film, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day, at the Longmont Front Range Film Festival.Not only was the film nominated for Best Short Screenplay, but it took home top honors with a Best Film of the Fest Award as well as the Audience Favorite Award.

The film, which was produced, edited, and shot by alumni and students and co-written by Sheila Schroeder, has also received Official Finalist Status from the Houston Comedy Film Festival, the Las Vegas Screenplay Competition, and the American Movie Awards Screenplay Competition, and will be screened at the Lyons Film Festival and the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival. 

One Day for DU Logo

Project DU F.I.L.M. is thrilled to announce that they have been selected to be part of the University of Denver's One Day for DU campaign on May 18. As a collaborative mentoring project that brings together faculty, alumni and students to create a short film, your help in furthering the goals of the project is so appreciated. Check out more about One Day for DU here: