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Saturday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Entertainment and Social Change - Panel Discussion with Robert Walker

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Entertainment and Social Change
presented by Population Media Center

Films and television programs entertain, but can they educate and promote positive social change?  Robert Walker, the president of the Population Institute and a senior adviser to the Population Media Center (PMC), talks about the success and impact of East Los High, an award-winning serial drama that was nominated this year for three Emmy Awards. Produced by PMC in association with Wise Entertainment, East Los High aired as a Hulu original series and rose to be one of the top five shows on hulu.com during its first season. Now in its third season on Hulu, it was Hollywood’s first and only series with an all Latino cast.  Walker explains how the program and its supporting transmedia strategy are addressing some of the challenges facing urban Latino youth, including teenage pregnancy and unsafe sex. Walker also talks about the history of entertainment media as a vehicle for promoting positive social change. 

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Tom Provost

Tom Provost wrote the screenplay for Under Suspicion, a thriller starring Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman, adapted from the French film, Garde A Vu. The screenplay was nominated for an Edgar Award. He wrote, directed and produced the independent feature The Presence, starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Shane West and Justin Kirk. The movie won numerous Best Picture and Best Director awards on... Read More →


Robert Walker

Robert Walker is the President of the Population Institute, where he directs the organization's advocacy and public education activities, including its work on issues related to health, economic development, sustainability and the environment. | | Prior to joining the Population Institute in February 2009, Mr. Walker was President of the Population Resource Center. He formerly was the Executive Director of the Common Cause Education Fund, a... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sundance Square Pavilion 420 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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