US Consul General brings Community Education Program to Albany image

16 February 2018

The West Australian Consul General for the United States Rachel Cooke is bringing the U.S. Embassy’s Community Education Program to Albany next month. 

The program will feature public presentations by U.S. film expert Alrick Brown including a film screening of 2017 Sundance Selection, Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, as well as a presentation by Consul General Cooke.

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, “Tell them We Are Rising” examines the impact historically black colleges and universities have had on American history, culture and national identity.

There will be four public events as part of the program. University of Western Australia will host the first event at the Albany campus with a public lecture by Alrick Brown on Wednesday, March 7, at 5pm on the “History of African American Image in Cinema.” The following day, Brown will present at the Museum of the Great Southern at 10.30am to discuss his other works in film, which have screened in over 65 film festivals worldwide. 

On Thursday evening, March 8, Consul General Cooke will be ‘in conversation’ with ABC’s Christine Layton for International Women’s Day as part of the Great Southern Speaker Series at Albany Entertainment Centre. Tickets to this event are $15 per person.

The film screening of Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities will be a free ticketed event at Albany Town Hall on Friday, March 9, from 6pm with a Q&A session with Brown to follow, who will be joined by a panel of community members including Noongar elders.

The City of Albany has worked with Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation, Museum of Great Southern, UWA Albany Centre, Albany Senior High School and North Albany Senior High School to put this program together.

For more information and how to book, visit: http://albany.wa.gov.au/utility/events/us-consul-general-visit. Bookings are essential for all events. Events are free with the exception of the Great Southern Speaker Series.