Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib to discuss film on segregation within the classroom Nov. 10 as part of URI Honors Colloquium

Film is titled ‘Intelligent Lives: Reshaping Expectations for Learning’

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Dan Habib
Dan Habib

KINGSTON, R.I. – October 23, 2020 – An award-winning filmmaker will discuss his film, Intelligent Lives, Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., as part of the University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium, “Challenging Expectations: Disability in the 21st Century.”

The new film by Dan Habib explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm and examines our society’s narrow perception of intelligence. Habib will screen and discuss portions of the film, which features three young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer and Naomie.

The link to the virtual lecture, which is free and open to the public, can be found in the colloquium schedule on the day of the event next to Habib’s name.

Habib is the creator of several award-winning documentary films, including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelly? and Mr. Connolly Has ALS. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability.

Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Gianna Cardarelli, an intern in URI’s Department of Marketing and Communications and a public relations major, wrote this press release.