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Oct 8Showing of "Tested" Documentary Film
Room 1302, Health and Human Services Building
Join film director Curtis Chin for a showing of his documentary “Tested,” followed by a question-and-answer session.
The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70 percent of the city’s school-aged population, they represent less than 5 percent at the city’s most elite public high schools. Meanwhile Asian Americans make up as much as 73 percent. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. Tested includes the voices of such education experts as Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action and the model-minority myth.
Curtis Chin has written for ABC, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, and won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. His first film, “Vincent Who?” has screened at nearly 400 colleges, NGOs and corporations in four countries. More at http://www.testedfilm.com/about-the-film/.
The event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters diversity council, the College of Health and Behavioral Studies diversity council, the School of Media Arts and Design, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Center for Faculty Innovation and Center for Multicultural Student Services.