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Oct. 3, 2007

'Journey to a Hate Free Millenium' film to be shown in Macbride Auditorium

The UI Office of Residence Life and University Housing are sponsoring a showing of the documentary "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Macbride Auditorium on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the film, Brent Scarpo, director and producer of "Journey to a Hate Free Millenium," will lead a discussion of the effects of hate in the lives of college students in the new millennium. In addition, he will provide a list of 10 ways to combat hate. This event kicks off the Office of Residence Life's "Think Now" series, a diversity initiative focusing on current events.

"Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" examines the nature and consequences of hatred in contemporary society, raising the question of how hate is taught and learned. The film centers around several stories, including the student shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.; the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African-American man in Texas; and the beating death of Matthew Shephard, a gay college student in Wyoming.

Scarpo has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, producer, writer, director and casting director in Hollywood. He speaks at colleges and many other venues each year.

Since October 1999, the "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" educational program has been presented in all 50 states as well as 10 countries. This program has been presented at colleges and universities, high schools, middle schools, community events and conferences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in any of the programs, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 319-335-3700.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kate Sojka, Office of Residence Life/University Housing, 319-335-3700,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter