Selma director Ava DuVernay to speak at Cal State L.A.

Trailblazing filmmaker to be keynote speaker at 8th annual Pan-African Studies Forum

What:  Ava DuVernay will be the keynote speaker and discuss “The Power of the Lens: Black Women as Visual Griots of the 21st Century” during Cal State L.A.’s Department of Pan-African Studies annual forum.

Who:  DuVernay will talk about filmmaking from a Black woman’s perspective. A question-and-answer session will follow her talk. For her most recent film, Selma, she became the first African American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe and the first to have a film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her feature film, Middle of Nowhere. She was the first Black woman director to win that award.Ava DuVernay

When:  Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Luckman Theatre on the Cal State L.A. campus.

More:  Cal State L.A.’s Pan-African Studies Department was established in 1969 and is the second-oldest Black Studies department in the nation. The forum is sponsored by the Pan-African Studies Department, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Cal State L.A. Office of the President, College of Natural and Social Sciences, Division of Academic Affairs and the California Faculty Association.

Where: Cal State L.A. is at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. The address is 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032. Click here for a campus map.

Info:  Tickets to the symposium are free but must be reserved by visiting or calling the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600. Tickets not picked up by 7:45 p.m. on May 27 will be released and reissued. For additional information, call the Cal State L.A. Department of Pan-African Studies at (323) 343-2290 or email

Photo: Ava DuVernay. (Courtesy of Cal State L.A. Pan-African Studies Department)

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