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Filmmaker, author Michael Moore comes to campus

Appearance is part of three-day program designed to stimulate dialogue, debate

10/08/03

As part of a three-day program designed to stimulate dialogue and debate, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore came to campus Thursday, Oct. 30, to discuss topics outlined in his books and films. Sponsored by the student government association, Moore’s talk at the Cintas Center was part of an extended dialogue in which students had opportunities to both screen and debate Moore’s films.

The student government association sponsored a host of activities preceding and relating to Moore's speech. Tuesday, Oct. 28, Moore's film "Roger and Me" was shown in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The following evening, Wednesday, Oct. 29, "Bowling for Columbine" was shown in the student center's theater. Following Wednesday's screening of the film, the University's college democrats and college republicans debated the film's merits.

Moore's most recent film, "Bowling for Columbine," is described as a powerful and thought-provoking commentary on the United States' culture of guns. The film is the 2002 winner of an Academy Award for best documentary feature and winner of the special Cannes 55th anniversary prize. In all, "Bowling for Columbine" has reportedly won 22 awards and been called the "best documentary of all time" by the International Documentary Association.

Moore first received national recognition in 1989 when he produced and directed the documentary "Roger and Me." The film is a political satire that documents Moore's quest to convince General Motors Chairman Roger B. Smith to visit Flint, Mich., after the company's plant shutdowns in the area. Moore was born in Flint, and most of his relatives worked in General Motors automobile factories.

His book Stupid White Men is a satirical look at 21st century America, and is currently on the New York Times best-seller list. After his talk Thursday evening, Moore was available to sign copies of the book.

For more information, contact the student government association at 513 745-4250.