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Screening at Montclair State: "The Rule" by Italian American Directors Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno

(Nov 13, 2014)

The latest documentary by these two Italian American directors examines how the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey achieve success in the heart of one of America's most dangerous cities with one of its most vulnerable populations: inner city African American and Latino teenage males. While Newark, NJ, with a high poverty rate of 32%, has an abysmal high school graduation rate, St. Benedict's Prep has a near 100% college acceptance rate. The film details how the monks' "recipe for success" follows the 6th-century Rule of Italian Saint Benedict of Norcia and how the rule of the order he founded can serve as a model for whole cities nationwide.

Presented on November 18 as part of the Montclair State University's Film Forum and the Agenda for Education in a Democracy, this is a program of relevance for students and professors of practically all colleges/schools on campus, and in particular the Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Arts, Communication and Media. It should also be of interest to the broader off-campus community of New Jersey and New York.

Introduction by Roberta Friedman (School of Communication and Media/Film Forum)

Post-screening Q&A with the Bongiornos, Fr. Albert Holtz (Newark Abbey), and Greg Waters (Honors Program)

Moderators: Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair) and Leslie Wilson (CHSS Assistant to the Dean)

Co-sponsored with the Montclair Film Forum, the Agenda for Education in a Democracy (Center of Pedagogy, CEHS), the Honors Program, and The Montclair State University Film Institute.


Tues., Nov. 18th 7:00-9:30pm
University Hall 1010, Montclair State University

Free and open to the public