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Surprise Installment of our Speaker Series, Nov 11, 8:00pm
A Screening of Waiting for MamuFollowed by a discussion with filmmaker Thomas Morgan and Executive Producer Susan Sarandon!

The NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship ( is pleased to present a surprise installment of the 2013-14 Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Speaker Series.  Join us on November 11 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm for a very special screening and discussion with filmmaker Thomas Morgan and actor, producer and activist Susan Sarandon. The event takes place at Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th St. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited and an RSVP is required by clicking here or by cutting and pasting into your browser. 

Waiting for Mamu is a powerful documentary short that profiles an inspired social entrepreneur in Nepal, Pushpa Basnet, and demonstrates the incredible power of social change through film.  In some places, if a parent is sentenced to prison and they lack another guardian, their child is imprisoned with them.  Many children go to prison at a young age and are released to the world at age 18, with no life skills or support system, knowing nothing of the world but what they experienced in a jail cell.  Pushpa has dedicated her life to righting this wrong.  Known as Mamu by the children, Pushpa founded the Early Childhood Development Center and Butterfly Home to give kids trapped by this policy the chance to have an education and be kids during the day.  This film captures the hope of a child to be free from prison, even if just for the day, to find a childhood, and to find Mamu.

Now in its eighth year, the NYU Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Speaker Series features a remarkable selection of social entrepreneurs and related leaders who have launched extraordinary programs, companies and movements addressing the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.  Reflecting the NYU Reynolds belief that social entrepreneurship is a meta-profession drawing on cross-disciplinary knowledge and practice, the series presents prominent social entrepreneurs and leaders from across the spectrum of public and professional sectors who will share their insights as cutting-edge, far reaching change makers.

Past speakers include Ashoka founder Bill Drayton, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp, Idealist founder Ami Dar, Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, International Bridges To Justice founder Karen Tse, Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey, Seventh Generation founder Jeffrey Hollender, ACLU President Anthony Romero, Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Endeavor founder Linda Rottenberg, CNN pundit David Gergen, Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Other speakers scheduled for this year’s series include KIND Healthy Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky, Philanthropic Activist Dan Pollotta, and many others.

To learn more about the NYU Reynolds Speaker Series, and to access our audio and video library of previous speakers, click here or cut and paste into your browser. The audio and video library is also available from the podcast section of iTunes. Search NYU Reynolds Program.

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