Intercultural Intersections Debuts Sunday with Film

KNOXVILLE –- “Citizen King,” a film about Martin Luther King Jr., will be the focus of Intercultural Intersections at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hodges Library Auditorium.

Intercultural Intersections, sponsored by the Ready for the World initiative, is a series of Sunday afternoon events designed to help UT students, faculty, staff and the public explore cultures meeting across national, ethnic, racial, religious, political and sexual boundaries. Events will include films, forums and more.

“Citizen King” is a two-hour documentary produced by Orlando Bagwell, who also produced “Africans in America” and “Malcolm X: Make It Plain,” and Noland Walker, who also produced “This Far by Faith” and “Africans in America.”

PBS said of the film: “Using the personal recollections, diaries, letters and eyewitness accounts of friends, family, journalists, law enforcement officers and historians, this film brings fresh insights to King’s difficult journey, his charismatic — if at times flawed — leadership, and his truly remarkable impact.”

John Hodges, associate professor of religious studies, will facilitate discussion of King’s legacy.

The goal of “Ready for the World: The International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative” is to transform the campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century. The initiative involves increasing the diversity among students, faculty and staff; infusing the curriculum with international and intercultural content; expanding study-abroad and work-study opportunities; and encouraging students to take advantage of all of these opportunities.


Contact:

Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu