BGSU Africana Studies Conference to host actor, filmmaker Anthony Sherwood

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Anthony Sherwood, one of Canada’s most successful black actors and documentary filmmakers, will give the keynote address Friday, March 16, for Bowling Green State University’s 14th annual Africana Studies Student Research Conference.

Hosted by the Africana Studies Program, the conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. This year’s theme is “Africana World: Transatlantic Dialogues.” The event showcases the research and creativity of undergraduate and graduate students from Ohio and surrounding states as they address issues affecting Africana people around the world.

Sherwood will give his talk at the noon luncheon. His career spans over 35 years in stage, television and motion pictures. He has worked internationally with such stars as Henry Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Leslie Nielsen, Lou Gossett Jr., Meagan Fox, Kathleen Turner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Reeve and as Jessica Alba’s father in the film “Honey,” and with such film directors as Sidney Lumet and Michael Crichton.

A dedicated social activist, his production company specializes in documentary films dealing with social justice and human rights issues. In 1980, Sherwood formed the first group of black actors to lobby the television industry for greater representation of minority performers. He has received international recognition and awards for his efforts in raising awareness to the importance of racial equality.

To make reservations for the luncheon, call 419-372-7814 or 419-372-9463 by Monday, March 12.

For more information, contact Dr. Apollos Nwauwa, director of the Africana Studies Program, at 419-372-9483.

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(Posted March 08, 2012 )