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North Central hosts two speakers, filmmakers in October

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North Central hosts two speakers, filmmakers in October

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306

Sept. 24, 2010--North Central College welcomes two speakers to campus in October for inspirational talks that are free and open to the public.

Director and producer Mike Ramsdell will show and discuss his documentary "The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope" at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Ramsdell is the keynote speaker for North Central's Anti-Hate Week, an annual week-long awareness campaign sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Tom Piazza, co-writer for the HBO series "Treme," will discuss the series, his writings and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Wentz Concert Hall at the College's Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Ramsdell formed Under the Hood Productions to create films that inform and advance the collective conscience of today. "The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope" is his second feature film, which reveals narratives in group and individual ideologies of hate and ways we can overcome them. It includes interviews with extremists and leading sociological and psychological experts, as well as stories of redemption by former combatants. Ramsdell says, "I believe ... one must continually strive to define his or her vision of a better world. At first glance, it's easy to define a better world as one without war, violence or hate. What is not easy is translating that vision into reality."

Piazza is an award-winning author, music writer, screenwriter and co-writer of "Treme," which is set in post-Katrina New Orleans. It chronicles the rebuilding of a unique American culture after the hurricane's devastation, specifically Treme, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods and source of African-American music and culture. One of Piazza's nine books, "Why New Orleans Matters," was written immediately after Hurricane Katrina, in which he talks about his hometown's storied culture and uncertain future.

These speakers are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).