SGA Film Series
All movies will be shown at 6 p.m. in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry
“India’s Daughter,” directed by Leslee Udwin, is based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh, a physiotherapy student.
“Dark Girls,” directed by Bill Duke & Channsin Berry, explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color — particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.
“Abraham’s Children,” directed by Nina Froriep, tells the stories of children from six diverse Muslim families in the greater New York area through their own voices and experiences.
“The 13th,” directed by Ava DuVernay, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
“The Ability Exchange,” directed by Bing Wang, explores an innovative Disability Studies class at Tandon School of Engineering at NYU, where engineering students and adults with cerebral palsy learn to communicate, connect, and cultivate their abilities by making movies.
“Major!” directed by Annalise Ophelian, is the story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act.
IDEAL = Inclusion, Diginity, Equity, Action and Love
IDEAL is a series of forums, discussions and movies planned at St. Bonaventure University to spark open dialogue among faculty, staff, students and area community members to learn about the differences among us.
The Civil Discourse Discussion Series brings together different points of view about contemporary topics and engages in meaningful discussions.
Monday, Sept. 25
All Bonaventure Reads Keynote Address by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D.
7 p.m., Reilly Center Arena
St. Bonaventure University will host several events this week in partnership with Special Olympics.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, Neal Johnson, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York (SONY), will lead a discussion highlighting the current social environment — including recent progress and challenges — for people with intellectual disabilities. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Athletics Hall of Fame Room in the Reilly Center and is free and open to the public.
Johnson’s visit is sponsored as part of the All Bonaventure Reads programming series and the IDEAL campaign. The 2016-17 all-campus reads selection, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse,” tells the story of men with intellectual disabilities who endured decades of exploitation — living in an old schoolhouse and working at a turkey-processing plant in Iowa for little pay — before finding justice and freedom.
Johnson, a member of SBU's Class of 1973, became involved with Special Olympics in 1975 when he was asked to help establish the program in his hometown, the Bronx. Since then he has served SONY at all levels and in all aspects of the organization.
After serving as vice chair of the SONY board, Johnson was named president and CEO in 1997. Under his leadership, SONY has become the largest Special Olympics program in North America and the sixth largest in the world, serving 65,000 athletes and involving 35,000 volunteers. During Commencement Exercises in 2014, Johnson was recognized by his alma mater with an honorary degree.
On Thursday, a soccer coaches clinic with head women’s soccer coach Steve Brdarski and the women’s soccer team will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the soccer field. Sponsored by the Physical Activities Club and the women’s soccer team, the clinic is open to anyone interested in being certified as a Special Olympics soccer coach. The coaches clinic will be held in conjunction with a Unified Soccer Clinic with students with intellectual disabilities from Olean. SBU students who want more information should contact Dr. Paula Scraba at email@example.com.
On Friday, Sept. 23, the university will host the Second Annual Polar Spray on the outdoor basketball courts between with Richter and Reilly centers. Participants garner donations with a pledge to be sprayed by a fire hose, courtesy of the Allegany Fire Department. Registration begins at 3 p.m. followed by the spray at 4 p.m.
Participants and onlookers are invited. Register by printing a pdf registration form or by registering online.
The Polar Spray is an All Bonaventure Reads Passport Event and also helps kick off Family Weekend. A pizza party will be awarded to the group that raises the most money. Funds raised by the Polar Spray will support the cross-country team’s Polar Plunge team, which will be taking a dip in Lake Erie Dec. 3, as well as the Olean-area Special Olympics Unified Team Sports Program. Unified Sports is an initiative that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete.
For more information about the Polar Spray, contact Erica Raepple with Special Olympics New York at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scraba at email@example.com.
5 p.m. Sept. 14, McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry
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