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Manning Marable
Columbia University

Dr. Manning Marable is one of America's most influential and widely read scholars. Since 1993, he has been Professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, History and African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York City. In 1993 he founded the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and served as director until 2003. He is currently working on a comprehensive biography of African-American leader Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), entitled: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention scheduled for publication by Viking in 2009.

He is a prolific author and lecturer, having written countless articles, books, and edited volumes — most recently Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America's Racial Future, Basic Civitas Books, 2006; Co-editor with Myrlie Evers Williams, The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches , Basic Civitas Books, 2005; Editor, The New Black Renaissance, Paradigm, 2005; W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Radical Democrat, Updated Edition , Paradigm, 2005; Other current books-in-progress include: Racism, Criminal Justice and the Law with Keesha Middlemass and Ian Steinberg; Race, Globalization and Empire with Ian Steinberg.

Film Screening and Discussion
Carvin Eison, SUNY Brockport &
Christine Christopher, ImageWordSound

This session is co-sponsored by the University at Albany Documentary Studies Program and The New York State Writers Institute

Contemporaneous news accounts are often the basis for on-going history.  But what happens if the news gathering is missing a significant voice, draws hasty conclusions, or turns out to be just wrong?  Director Carvin Eison and producer Christine Christopher will discuss how the making of the national PBS documentary July '64 challenges old assumptions about a well-reported civil disturbance in Rochester, New York in the summer of 1964. July'64, produced by ImageWordSound, an independent production company based in Rochester, New York , garnered two New York State Emmy nominations— for Best Director and Best Historic/Cultural Programming.

Close-up of Carvin Eison, an African American man with short dark hair, mustache and a small patch of hair under his lower lip






Close-up of Chris Christopher, a Caucasian woman with short chestnut hair and bangs that fall to her eyebrows; she looks at the camera, her expression serious

Carvin Eison is the creative director of ImageWordSound, the general manager of Rochester Community Television, and an associate professor at SUNY College at Brockport. Eison has nearly 30 years of experience directing feature-length video, series television and commercials for a wide array of corporate and not-for-profit clients. Eison also has extensive experience directing live concert video, including the Frontline Festival concert in Zimbabwe for UNICEF. His work is included in the collection of the National Dance Archive and the Library of Congress.

Chris Christopher is the managing director of ImageWordSound, an independent production company; and the owner of Christopher Communications. She specializes in working with not-for-profits on public education media campaigns, and Democratic candidates for political office. .With Eison, Christopher also created The Home Show, a 12-part television series on affordable homeownership and home buying, as part of a national pilot project of the Fannie Mae Foundation.

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