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Press Release for Thursday, November 29, 2012

UNF Department of English Presents Homeless Voices Playwriting Project

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


The University of North Florida’s Department of English will present a staged reading of “Word for Word, Homeless Voices: A Community-Based Documentary Playwriting Project” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Student Union, Building 58W, Ballrooms A/B, Room 3703. A panel discussion will follow the Dec. 6 reading. 


Written by UNF students with their professor, Dr. Pam Monteleone, UNF associate professor of English and Drama, the script is a work in progress and is the product of a community-based Transformational Learning Opportunity, which allowed students to interview homeless individuals and those who work with them at the Sulzbacher Center and at Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville. 


“Most important, the students have learned that stereotypes trivialize. Many came into the class seeing the homeless as dirty, uneducated, lazy and shiftless, bereft of goals and aspirations,” said Monteleone. “After interviewing them, the students began to see them as real people and to see homelessness as a predicament that can happen to anyone.” 


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UNF Department of English at (904) 620-2273.  


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.