8:00 Sam Pollard and Guest lecturers: Roland Anglin, Director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation, and Dr Robin M. Leichenko, Associate Professor and Graduate Director in Geography
Sam Pollard will be discussing the challenging experience of making When the Levees broke, a film that strives to tell the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured Hurricane Katrina and survived to tell the tale of misery, despair and triumph. Following Pollard’s presentation there will be a panel discussion including Pollard, Roland Anglin, Director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation, and Dr Robin M. Leichenko, Associate Professor and Graduate Director in Geography. The three will converse on the ever-pertinent issues of Human Rights, Social Action, Community Development, Climate Change and Globalization, and then respond to audience questions and comments.
Sam Pollard's professional accomplishments as a feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director span almost thirty years. He recently served as Executive Producer on the documentary Brother Outsider, Official Selection 2003 Sundance Film Festival. His first assignment as a documentary producer came in 1989 for Henry Hampton's Blackside production Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crosswords. For one of his episodes in this series, he received an Emmy. Eight years later, he returned to Blackside as Co-Executive Producer/Producer of Hampton's last documentary series I'll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community. For the series, Mr. Pollard received The George Peabody Award. Between 1990 and 2000, Mr. Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee's films: Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, Bamboozled. As well, Mr. Pollard and Mr. Lee co-produced a couple of documentary productions for the small and big screen: Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson, a biographical sketch for HBO for which Mr. Pollard received an Emmy, and Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1965 Birmingham church bombings which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Roland V. Anglin is the Director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation (IRCT) at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Dr. Anglin’s career spans over twenty years of working in the public, educational and philanthropic sectors. In all his professional positions, Anglin has focused on promoting economic and community development in and for marginalized communities. Dr. Anglin spent eight years at the Ford Foundation, where he served first as the program officer responsible for community development. Subsequently, he was asked to become Deputy Director for Community and Resource Development, which is part of the Asset Building and Community Development Division. After leaving Ford, Dr. Anglin went to the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation, a national community development intermediary (Seedco). At Seedco, Dr. Anglin was the Senior Vice President responsible for building the capacity of community-based housing organizations in 23 cities partnering with Seedco. Dr. Anglin received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in Political Science. He is currently working on a book called Reason to Hope: Public Sector Innovation in Community and Economic Development.
Dr Robin M. Leichenko is Associate Professor and Graduate Director in Geography at Rutgers University. Her research program emphasizes the connections between climate change and globalization, focusing on how these processes jointly affect vulnerable regions, households, and social groups. Her current research projects explore economic vulnerability and adaptation to extreme climate events in urban areas. Leichenko's new book, co-authored with Dr. Karen O’Brien, is titled Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (Oxford University Press, 2008). The book draws upon prominent climate-related events -- Hurricane Katrina, recurring droughts in India, and the melting of Arctic sea ice -- to show how broader human security concerns including growing inequalities and vulnerabilities, and unsustainable rates of development are integrally connected to larger processes of global change.