WVIA and BU host a daytime student Civic Engagement Fair

<p>PITTSTON &#8212; WVIA Public Media will partner with Bloomsburg University to host two special events inspired by AMERICAN CREED, a new documentary featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy and Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, a native of Hazleton. Featured in the film is a segment on Hazleton and the Hazleton Integration Project.</p>
<p>Students from high schools in and near Bloomsburg will participate in workshops based on the documentary in a Civic Engagement Fair on the university campus Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many of the discussions will be led by university students, including those preparing for careers as teachers.</p>
<p>Later that night all participating students are invited to join the general public for a free screening of AMERICAN CREED followed by Community Conversation starting at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium.. After the screening WVIA’s Larry Vojtko will lead a discussion of the film with a panel of special guests and audience participation, taped for television broadcast on WVIA Public Media.</p>
<p>In AMERICAN CREED, Rice and Kennedy team up across party lines to ask: In an increasingly fractured nation, what ideals do we share in common? Their spirited, cross-partisan inquiry takes viewers on a journey to meet people from around the country who are striving to bring communities together across deepening divides. One of those stories is about Joe Maddon’s efforts to bring his hometown together through the Hazleton Integration Project, a community-based effort that seeks to unite the people of different cultures who call Hazleton home.</p>
<p>AMERICAN CREED premieres on PBS and WVIA on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.</p>
<p>“WVIA is proud to co-host this special day of AMERICAN CREED events at Bloomsburg University, the day after its broadcast premiere,” said WVIA President and CEO Tom Curra. “We’re excited about engaging students and everyone in the community to talk about the themes of this important documentary opportunity, civic participation, and community progress.”</p>

<h4>AMERICAN CREED Screening and Community Conversation</h4>
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium
Free to the public, but seating is limited. Free reservations at <strong><a href="http://www.wvia.org">www.wvia.org</a>.</strong>

<p>AMERICAN CREED is directed, produced and written by Sam Ball. Senior executive producer and writer is Randy Bean, with Dan Soles as executive producer and Sr. VP of Content for WTTW. The Citizen Film producer is Kate Stilley Steiner. AMERICAN CREED is a co-production of Citizen Film and WTTW Chicago. It was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a nationwide public media education initiative.</p>