Friday, September 24, 2004

MichaelMoore.com : Mike Rocks Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore brought his 'Slacker Uprising Tour' to Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey in what turned out to be the best attended event in the history of the college.

The controversial director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling For Columbine" and "Roger and Me" was invited by Stockton's student Senate to speak at the state college as part of its "Distinguished Lecture Series." Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, filmmaker Spike Lee, and rapper Chuck D have been previous guest lecturers.

Moore's lecture took place at the college's sports center, which can accommodate up to 5,000 people, instead of the traditional venue of the performing arts center, which seats 500. The Performing Arts Center, instead, was utilized to host a telecast of the event to an overflow crowd.

"We've never had anything of this magnitude," said Tim Kelly, a college spokesman. "We're trying very hard to promote civic engagement among our students...Regardless of where you fall along the political spectrum, Michael Moore's films and his politics get people talking about the election."

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