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An Evening with the Central Park Five and Filmmaker Sarah Burns: Looking Back to Look Forward

February 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Central Park Five and filmmaker Sarah Burns
Central Park Five and filmmaker Sarah Burns

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were wrongly convicted for the rape of a white woman in Central Park. The Central Park Jogger Case, as it came to be known, was chronicled in a recent documentary titled The Central Park Five by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns, who take the perspective of the five men whose lives were torn apart by the trials, wrongful convictions, and fights for justice.

FIT welcomes three members of the Central Park Five and filmmaker Sarah Burns to campus to present a 30-minute excerpt of the documentary, The Central Park Five, and to discuss it and current racial issues, as their case continues to resonate today.

This event is presented by Professor Bernard L. Dillard, in collaboration with the Presidential Scholars Program and the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs.  It is sponsored by the President’s Diversity Grant and the UCE of FIT.

Doors open at 4:45 pm; event begins at 5:45.

Download a PDF of the Program for the event here.

This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. REGISTER HERE.Registration does not guarantee a seat, and it is recommended that you arrive when doors open. Currently, the event is sold out, but some seats may become available at the last minute from no-shows.

UPDATE: Due to the high demand of this sold out event, it will also be streamed live here. Click “Follow” to be notified when the event goes live.


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Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center
New York City, NY 10001 United States


Bernard Dillard
212 217.3023