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Filmmaker Spike Lee set to discuss "Courage" at Texas State

Date of Release: 02/27/2006

SAN MARCOS—Award-winning director Spike Lee, the creative force behind such films as Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X, will speak on "Courage" at 8 p.m. March 1 at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Lee will present his lecture on the Mall on campus, between Alkek Library and the LBJ Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Lee's lecture is a Diversity Month event and also a part of Common Experience, a program at Texas State developed to incorporate and integrate the University Seminar and the Texas State Summer Reading Program with the wider community both on and off campus.

Lee made a name for himself in 1986 with the hit independent film, She's Gotta Have It, which established Lee as a rising young black filmmaker, a rarity at the time. His skills and independence, along with his outspoken African American perspective and feisty public persona, kept him in the public eye throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In later films he continued to tell stories with racial themes and New York settings, including the Brooklyn drama Do the Right Thing (1989), the jazz-tinged Mo' Better Blues (1990, with Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes), the interracial romance Jungle Fever (1993, with Snipes and Anabella Sciorra), the biopic Malcolm X (1992, starring Washington and based in part on the book by Malcolm X and Alex Haley), Summer of Sam (1999, with John Leguizamo) and controversial racial satire Bamboozled (2000, with Mos Def). Lee often appears in his own films. And like his fellow filmmaker Woody Allen, Lee is a famous courtside fan of basketball's New York Knicks.

For additional information, please contact Brandi Bridgeman, Program Coordinator of the Mitte Honors Program, at (512) 245-2266, or via email at bb20@txstate.edu.