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Communication Studies

William & Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series: "Body and Soul: Diana and Kathy"

Documentary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott will host a screening of Body and Soul: Diana and Kathy, followed by a Q&A session; light refreshments will be served. Elliott is the inaugural visiting filmmaker in the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. The goal of the series is to bring America's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, and directed by David O’Shields, filmmaker-in-residence and adjunct instructor. 

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy is a true story about two life-long friends who have made their home in Springfield, Illinois. Diana drives, cooks, shops, and has been Kathy's personal assistant and friend for the past 35 years. Remarkably, Diana has Down Syndrome, a genetic condition that gives her one extra chromosome and a lower IQ. Kathy on the other hand is 61, has a degree in English, but is non-verbal, and has had cerebral palsy since her birth. As part of their ongoing activist efforts to demystify disability, Diana and Kathy invited Alice into their home over a period of five years to create their film, Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy.  The documentary was screened in a number of film festivals and was shown on PBS in 2009.

William & Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series: "The Collector of Bedford Street"

Documentary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott will visit and show her Academy Award-nominated film The Collector of Bedford Street. The screening will be followed with a Q&A session. Elliott is the inaugural visiting filmmaker in the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. The goal of the series is to bring America's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, and directed by David O’Shields, filmmaker-in-residence and adjunct instructor. 

The Collector of Bedford Street is a 34-minute documentary about Alice's neighbor, Larry Selman, a community activist and a fundraiser who has an intellectual disability. When Larry's primary caregiver becomes unable to care for him, his New York City neighborhood community rallies together to protect his independent lifestyle by establishing an adult trust fund in his behalf.  The Collector of Bedford Street was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. It was screened over 70 film festivals, was shown on the cable channel Cinemax and won 18 awards.

Health Care Audience Debate

The UNI Forensics team, in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, will host an audience debate on health care. Using the resolution: "RESOLVED: The U.S. Federal Government should repeal the current federal health care plan (known as Obamacare)." This event is an opportunity for UNI students to debate one of the most important political issues in the United States. The debate will feature members of the UNI debate team who will use suggestions from the public to shape their debate speeches. Audience members can submit questions and debate topics to the UNI Speech and Debate Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/247155845340693/) by noon on Dec. 6. Health care experts will be on hand to answer questions. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public

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