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Academy Award-winning screenwriter, activist to speak at CSU April 18

April 11, 2011

The Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE) office welcomes Dustin Lance Black as the final speaker for the spring 2011 Distinguished Speaker Series.

The movie Academy Award-winner will speak at 7 p.m. April 18

Among other successes, Black won the 2009 Academy Award and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Milk,” starring Sean Penn. 

Black will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 18 in the Lory Student Center Theatre. 

Tickets required

Tickets are required and are free to CSU students, faculty and staff and $5 to the public.They can be picked up at the CSU Box Office in Lory Student Center or purchased online through

Career in film

Black’s career in the film industry began after graduating with honors from UCLA’s School of Film and Television. He began by directing documentaries, television series, commercials, and music videos. His first two documentaries, “On the Bus” (2001) and “My life with Count Dracula” (2003), were well-received and led to the opportunity to produce and direct “Faking It,” a TLC series that sent ordinary folks to work a stint in a profession wildly different from their own. 

Dustin Lance BlackWrote and co-produced HBO drama 'Big Love'

Following the success of the TLC series, Black moved on to write and co-produce the HBO drama, “Big Love,” about a polygamist family. The show was a huge success, receiving nominations for the Emmy and Golden Globe. Black has also written and directed for various other screenplays and films, working with stars such as Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Clint Eastwood. 

Promotes equal rights

Black sits on several civil rights boards, including the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ teen suicide hotline. Black also engages in speaking opportunities nationwide to promote equal rights, one of which was the famous LGBT March on Washington in October 2009 where he addressed hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at the Nation’s Capital. An accomplished writer, Black has published two books, written for countless publications and was recently named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” and one of the “50 Most Powerful LGBT People in America Today” by OUT Magazine.

Sponsored by SLiCE

SLiCE is pleased to offer this event as part of the other GLBT Advocacy events planned in April.  

The SLiCE office brings together student organizations, student leaders and student volunteers under one banner, making our campus a better community and a more involved place. 

More information

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series or other SLiCE programs, please contact email or call 970-491-3754. 

Contact: Stephanie Ashley
Phone: 970-491-1682