‘Sam Houston’ documentary producer Florian to speak at Lee College

Denton Florian
Denton Florian

Denton Florian, producer of a celebrated documentary on legendary American statesman, soldier and pioneer Sam Houston that won five EMMY awards, will deliver a guest presentation Tuesday, March 21, at Lee College. Both the talk and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.

A native Texan known for his storytelling, Florian will speak on “Sam Houston and Ethics” at 6 p.m., in Tucker Hall on campus. At the reception after his presentation, guests will have the opportunity to meet Florian and purchase the “Sam Houston” film.

Florian organized and led the team that produced “Sam Houston,” which assembled more than a dozen historians, biographers, professors, family descendants, Native Americans and government leaders to discuss Houston’s life and enduring legacy. The documentary has been recognized for excellence by concurrent resolutions of the Texas House and Senate and the Texas governor, and its companion website – created by Florian – is used by teachers and researchers all over the world. The film, website and assets collected in the project’s hard drives represent the largest collection of digital information about Sam Houston ever gathered.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University, Florian is a lifelong enthusiast of early American history and frequent guest speaker for historical organizations and civic groups around the state. After completing his MBA, he served as vice president of operations for a start-up company that grew into the largest distributor of medical mobility equipment in the United States. He has also worked with non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, team building and organizational change, and currently lives in Spring with his wife, Mary Lou, and their two children.

For more information about Florian’s talk and reception at Lee College, contact instructor John Britt at jbritt@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Screening Oct. 13 for new documentary on youth addiction

Lee College is partnering with the city of Baytown and the Bay Area Council on Drugs & Alcohol (BACODA) to host a special, one-time screening of a powerful new film that takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how the people of Houston are fighting to save local youth from the leading cause of death for their generation: substance abuse addiction.

Generation Found“Generation Found,” will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at Premiere Cinema 11 at San Jacinto Mall in Baytown. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased online at http://gathr.us/screening/16974. Those who want to attend are advised to act quickly, as a limited number of seats will be available in the theater.

Immediately following the screening, doctors, counselors and other experts on youth addiction and recovery will participate in a panel discussion to give audience members the chance to ask questions and seek out local resources.

Independently filmed over the course of two years, “Generation Found” reveals how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups and collegiate recovery programs have come together to intervene early and provide Houston youth a viable, long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” Together, this diverse and committed group of advocates has built the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community — moving beyond “Just Say No” to fight the epidemic of addiction, break the cycle of burying and locking up young people at alarming rates, and transform lives.

For more information about the Baytown screening of “Generation Found,” contact Amber Buras, coordinator of BACODA’s Southeast Harris County Community Coalition, at 281.914.3027 or amber.buras@bacoda.org.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

MAS Raza Collective to host screening of documentary ‘Ayotzinapa’

BAYTOWN, TX — The story of the disappearance of 43 Mexican students — taken by police in the city of Iguala nearly two years ago and never seen or heard from again — will be told at Lee College on Thursday, May 5, during a special screening of the film, “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a Crime of the State.”

The screening is set for 4-6 p.m., in the Edythe Old Studio on campus. The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted at the door to support the filmmakers and subjects featured in the documentary. The MAS Raza Collective, a student organization with ties to the Mexican American Studies and Puente Project programs, is partnering with the Asamblea Popular de Houston to host the screening.

The MAS Raza Collective aims to educate and improve the community through the power of activism and the empowerment of marginalized groups. In October, the group held a remembrance ceremony and erected a special art installation in the heart of campus to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Ayotzinapa students’ disappearance. The installation featured 43 empty chairs, each draped with a t-shirt and sign bearing the name and face of one of the missing.

In March 2015, Mexican American Studies students at Lee College visited on campus with members of the Asamblea Popular de Houston to learn more about the students of Ayotzinapa, government corruption in Mexico and the history of repression of social movements in the country — particularly with indigenous and rural communities.

For more information about the screening of “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a Crime of the State” at Lee College, contact Cynthia Pizana at cynthiapizana@ymail.com or Emily Trevino at etrevino13@ymail.com.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Black History Month events at Lee College

BAYTOWN, TX – After kicking off Black History Month with a sold-out improv comedy show, Lee College will continue its celebration of African-American culture and contributions throughout February with film screenings and a read-in, open mic night, fashion show and theatrical tribute to great black inventors.

International Education and the Reaching Excellence Against Limitations student organization are sponsoring a variety of Black History Month activities that are free and open to the public:

Tuesday, Feb. 9: Opening Reception
2 p.m., Lee College Library

Wednesday, Feb. 10: Movie screening: “Selma”
2 pm., Edythe Old Studio

Tuesday, Feb. 16: Documentary screening: “Thomlinson Hill”
2 p.m., John Britt Hall 118

Tuesday, Feb. 16: Open Mic Night
6 p.m., Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre

Sunday, Feb. 21: “My Black is Beautiful” Fashion Show
3 p.m., Rundell Hall Conference Center

Monday, Feb. 22: Read-In
3 p.m., Edythe Old Studio

Tuesday, Feb. 23: “I Am First: Paying Tribute to Great Black Inventors”
6 p.m., Tucker Hall

Monday, Feb. 29: Movie screening: “Skin”
2 p.m., Edythe Old Studio

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Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.