March 3, 2014 – Steve McQueen, award-winning director, producer, screenwriter and video artist was the featured speaker at the launch of UCLA Anderson School of Management’s new speaker series — Entertainment That Matters on Feb. 28, 2014. Click HERE for UCLA press release. The purpose of the program, developed by UCLA Anderson’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES), was to encourage dialogue to help raise awareness of, educate and influence social change through the power of media, storytelling and celebrity. Darnell Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies, held a 30 minute discussion with McQueen, then fielded audience questions.
McQueen’s film, 12 Years a Slave, won Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards on March 2nd. The UCLA Library currently has on display a first edition of the Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, “Twelve Years a Slave,” upon which this year’s best picture winner is based.