A conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee will be featured as part of the Presidential Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 5, from 1 pm to 2 pm at the Staller Center, kicking off the annual Black History Month Observance at Stony Brook University.
Writer, director, producer, actor, author and educator Spike Lee revolutionized modern cinema through his many powerful films, such as She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcom X and Summer of Sam. In 2019 he won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for his film Black KKKlansman.
Guided by your questions, Lee will discuss a range of topics, including aspects of his stellar career as a storyteller, current issues facing our nation, and ways in which students can develop their own authentic narratives in today’s sociopolitical climate. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP here
In addition to the Oscar, Lee has won numerous accolades for his work, including a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, two Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and the Cannes Grand Prix.
His 1997 documentary 4 Little Girls, about the girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.
Lee’s films are noted for grappling with urgent social issues, especially concerning race and class, and for painting vivid portraits of New York City in all its diversity. He has been described as “one of the most distinct and visionary filmmakers of our time.”