April 15 Public Lecture: Not in our town: A strategy for dealing with community conflicts

You are cordially invited to attend the public lecture:

Not in our town: A strategy for dealing with community conflicts

How can ordinary people build safer communities? How could this help with the Roma situation in Hungary and Central Europe?

Speaker:  Patrice O’Neill
Filmmaker and founder, Not In Our Town

Date: Monday, April 15, 2013
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium (CEU, Nador u. 9)

Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary
Tove Skarstein, Norwegian Ambassador to Hungary
Zoltan Kovacs, Minister of State for Social Inclusion, Ministry of Human Resources, Hungary    

Ellen Hume, Central European University  

Presentation sponsored by CEU’s Center for Media and Communication Studies and the United States Embassy, with Hungarian Translation provided by the Embassy of Norway

What can ordinary people do about racial, ethnic and cultural tensions and violence in their neighborhoods? What can media, mayors, police, religious leaders and teachers do? What can the Not In Our Town model offer Hungarian communities that are experiencing tensions between their Roma and non-Roma populations?  

US documentary filmmaker Patrice O’Neill shares her experiences with divided communities in the USA, including real stories before and after neo-Nazi marches, hate crimes and violence. We see film clips and discuss together how to make these situations better in Hungary and in Central Europe. Patrice O’Neill’s first 1995 Not In Our Town documentary on American public television showed the role of the media in Billings, Montana, when skinheads were challenging Native American Indians, African-Americans, Jews and other minorities, and the violence escalated. O’Neill has since created more award-winning films using recent case studies, dealing with high school bullying and racial, ethnic and cultural violence. O’Neill will share strategies for building inclusive, safe communities. Her project is used now in 70 different US cities and towns that have experienced tensions or violence, in high schools in Capetown, South Africa, and in other countries, including Ukraine. Videos can be downloaded and more information is available at the Not In Our Town website. 
Moderator Ellen Hume is a CEU media analyst and teacher, a former White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and commentator on politics for CNN and American public television. She lives in Budapest and is a fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies, CEU. Her full bio is on her website.

Reception to follow

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