Documentary Filmmaker to Speak on Eco-Activism

GENESEO, N.Y. - Fulbright scholar and documentary filmmaker Shalini Kantayya will bring her message of eco-activism to the State University of New York at Geneseo during the All-College Hour Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 16. A reception will be held in the MacVittie College Union at 2:15pm immediately followed by a lecture at 2:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Kantayya's work explores human rights at the intersection of water, food, and energy. The mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media, is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through wildly imaginative media that makes a social impact. She is currently working on Chasing the Sun, a feature documentary that explores the possibility of building a clean energy economy in the United States, told through the stories of unemployed American workers seeking to retool at a solar power jobs training program in Richmond, California. The film was awarded a 2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant and anticipates release in 2015.

The All-College Hour Speaker Series supports the Geneseo mission and embodies the principles of the The Bringing Theory to Practice Project. The aim of the series is to provide opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility. The series is sponsored by Student and Campus Life.