The University of Colorado Denver introduced Montbello High School students to the experiences and lives of urban youth from around the world. As part of the new Global Cities Forum, which explores key issues in cities worldwide, The Colorado Center for Public Humanities and P-20 Education Initiatives at the University of Colorado Denver presented documentary filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist, the first speaker in a three-part speaker series, Thursday, Feb. 10. Students viewed a special screening of his film, Favela Rising, which explores the AfroReggae scene in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. A discussion with Zimbalist followed the film screening.
“We had nearly 100 people in attendance, which Zimablist commented was the most impressive turnout for an 11 a.m. screening of his documentary, and the Montbello students had a great first visit,” explains Janet Lopez, director of P-20 education initiatives. Thirty-three students from Montbello High School who are taking a course in urban education visited the Auraria Campus to participate in the series.
Global Cities Forum is a free three-part speaker series exploring the development of contemporary cities around the world, as well as the common challenges these cities face. The program focuses in particular on the conditions affecting the lives of urban youth in places as varied as Rio de Janeiro, Monrovia and New Orleans.
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Photos: Top, Joann Brennan, associate professor and associate dean in the College of Arts and Media, introduces the documentary to students from Montbello High School, below.