Sewickley Series

Official Selection at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Heartland Film Festival

REJECT is the first documentary to examine the universal experience of social rejection. Blending cutting-edge science with intimate stories, the film is driven by research that demonstrates a chilling correlation between social rejection and physical pain, which can ultimately lead to acts of violence against the self or others. From neuroscientists to broken-hearted moms, the film's lead characters are rejection experts by choice or by fate. The film is ultimately about human potential, and the price we pay as a society as long as this universal truth is not understood and addressed.

SA alumna Ruth Thomas-Suh ’83 directed and produced REJECT. Ruth was inspired to make the film by the work of her father, Dr. Herbert E. Thomas. A psychiatrist for 30 years at Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh, he published his experiences with prison population violence in his book, The Shame Response to Rejection.

A Q&A with Ruth and ostracism researcher Kipling Williams, a professor at Purdue University, will take place after the film.

Learn more and see the trailer at www.rejectfilm.com.

Supported in part by the Albert & Bertha Sector Speaker Series Fund.


Cameron Johnson is one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world. He started his career at the age of 7, when he sold vegetables door-to-door to his neighbors. In fourth grade, he became the top seller of raffle tickets at his school; in fifth, the top seller of wrapping paper. When his parents gave him a computer, he started his own business printing greeting cards and stationery and selling them to family and friends. He opened his own checking account before turning 10 and made his first million before 21.

Now, Cameron consults with Fortune 500 companies with practical strategies for shaking up company culture. He was a runner-up on Oprah's prime-time series, The Big Give, and is the author of You Call the Shots. Cameron speaks with students about finding extraordinary success through doing what they love. Students learn valuable lessons about harnessing their true potential by exploring the places they might not think to look.

During his talk with parents, he will share his experiences of being young and dreaming big, and the ways his parents supported him and how they didn’t. Cameron will share tips about how to strike a balance of encouraging children to follow their dreams while helping them keep their feet on the ground.

Supported in part by the Geller Family Educational Speakers Fund.



SEWICKLEY ACADEMY PRESENTS: AMERICAN PROMISE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014 — 6:00 PM  
REA AUDITORIUM

The documentary, American Promise, spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity.

The producer and director of American Promise and mother of Idris, Michèle Stephenson will join us to be part of a panel discussion immediately following the film.

Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Grand Jury Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

See the trailer and learn more at www.americanpromise.org.


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