Thursday, March 11
Virtual - Zoom Webinar (link will be shared prior to the event)
Join alumni, current students, parents, and faculty and staff for an intimate conversation and Q&A with filmmakers and directors Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi around their 2020 documentary film, With Drawn Arms
. Moderated by Gbenga Ajilore '92.
About the Film and Panelists
With Drawn Arms uncovers the story behind a critical moment in American history, spawning one of the most iconic images of protest from the past century. At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, the world watched as two American runners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, took the stage as the U.S. national anthem played, raising their fists in a symbol of black struggle and solidarity.
Gbenga Ajilore '92 - Olugbenga (Gbenga) is a senior advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture. Prior to his current role, he was a senior economist at the Center for American Progress and former associate professor of economics at the University of Toledo. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Glenn Kaino, artist and filmmaker - Glenn was born in 1972 in Los Angeles. Kaino’s works, often functioning as poetic contradictions, aim to reconcile conflicting ideologies, opposing systems, and strict dichotomies in material and experiential ways. Conceiving his practice as conceptual kitbashing, akin to a model maker’s way of appropriating readymade kits to assemble unique models, Kaino reconfigures the conditions of distinct cultural spheres into ecologies of making in which seemingly disparate materials and ideas are brought into contact.
Afshin Shahidi, artist and filmmaker - Afshin is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning photographer, cinematographer, and filmmaker. His 20-year collaboration with Prince helped shape Shahidi’s vision of a world where, as Prince exemplified, anything is possible. In his recent NY Times bestselling book, Prince, A Private View, Shahidi’s photos and stories chronicle his time with Prince. Shahidi’s career has spanned three decades and five continents, with projects ranging from commercials, music videos, album cover art, feature films, and most recently, documentaries. Shahidi, alongside his wife Keri and daughter Yara, has moved into the expanded world of storytelling, through their new production company, 7th Sun Productions.
Alumni Board Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Robynn Jackson Brathwaite '94, co-chair
Marisa Echeverria '96, co-chair
Anton Anderson '85
Katie Antonsson '11
Giancarlo DiMassa '92
Lori MacPherson '85
Sarah Schoellkopf '92
Amit Sura '00
Emily Williams '86