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Emmy winner to speak as 2013 Brown Scholar on Oct. 13

Emmy award winner writer, producer and director Madison Davis Lacy will discuss his craft as the 2013 Brown Scholar at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Kansas Room, Memorial Union, Washburn University.  While no admission is charged, a reservation may be made at 235-3939 or email

The focus of the event will be Lacy’s role as writer and director of two episodes of the PBS American Experience series, “Eyes on the Prize II,”  which, through contemporary interviews and historical footage, covers the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-86. He will discuss the approach used in developing the story lines for episodes “The Time has Come” which won an Emmy, and “Back to the Movement,” and recount how a producer drives an effort from inception to completion.

 Lacy is also known as the writer-director-producer of documentaries such as "Free to Dance," a three-hour Great Performances production, “Richard Wright: Black Boy” and “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” a biography of the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award.

He is currently teaching documentary film/video production, history and criticism as an associate professor at the University of Kansas.

The Brown Lecture is presented by the Brown Foundation for Education Equity, Excellence and Research, in partnership with Washburn University, with the mission of creating an endowed program in educational diversity.


Contact:   Dena Anson, university relations, 785-670-1711