Law and Order Writer, Producer to Speak at University as Part of Black History Month Events


A “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” writer and producer will be among the presenters at events scheduled at the University in February for Black History Month.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Jill Abbinanti will participate in a question and answer session after the screening of a “Law and Order” episode she wrote and produced, which deals with the issue of racism. In the episode titled “American Tragedy,” a celebrity restaurateur shoots an African-American teenager. The episode leaves the audience to question if the teenager posed a threat or if race played a factor in the shooting.

The screening and question and answer session begins 7 p.m. in room 133 of the Loyola Science Center.

This is just one of the University’s Black History Month events, which are free of charge and open to the public. The Office of Multicultural Affairs organized the events in partnership with other organizations on campus.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the University will host “Conversations About Race” at 11:30 a.m. in room 406 of the DeNaples Center. The event is the first installment of Speak Easy, a student facilitated dialogue series. Students will converse and reflect on race and the importance of Black History Month at the event co-sponsored by the United Colors Organization.

A “Soul Food Dinner” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Elm Park Church on Linden Street. Attorney Morey Myers will speak about his service as a legal adviser during the civil rights movement in America. Authentic southern food, including fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, will be served at the event.

On Monday, Feb. 17, an interactive exhibit titled “African Americans in the Media: Movies, Music and Television” will be on display beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the fireplace lounge of the DeNaples Center. The exhibit will showcase African-Americans who made an impact in the media.

The University will screen the movie “The Butler” by Lee Daniels Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. General public seating is limited at this event and tickets are required to attend. Call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 570-941-5904 for ticket information. University of Scranton Programming Board is co-sponsoring this event.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, a “Candle Light Poetry Night” will begin at 7 p.m. in room 405 of the DeNaples Center. During the event, students and community members will honor those who fought for civil rights through the reading of poetry and biographies. The event is co-sponsored by the United Colors Organization and the Jane Kopas Women’s Center.

For additional information, call The Office of Multicultural Affairs at 570-941-5904.

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