Crossing the Line: Comedians, Politicians and Shock Jocks / Teja Arboleda, M.Ed
This multimedia lecture by actor/speaker/educator Teja Arboleda, digs deep into the freedom of speech issue. By asking the current hot-button question – Where is the line, and who, if anyone, is allowed to cross it? – Arboleda challenges the audience to consider the consequences of stereotypes reinforced by the famous, the powerful and the media. Using his fast-paced humor, up-to-the-minute statistics, mixed with audience participation and actual media (web video, news, TV, movies and radio clips), this explosive program focuses on celebrity/media faux pas, and examines America’s reaction to comments and actions by celebrities such as Donald Trump, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Glenn Beck, Vice President Joe Biden among many others.
Throughout the program, a series of questions in the form of live polls will be presented to the audience. Using smart devices such as iPhones and cell phones, the audience will respond anonymously to determine if the clips presented cross the line or not. Instantly after each poll, a graph will show up on the screen behind Arboleda, showing the results. After the program, a standard series of polls will be taken, stirring dialogue and debate, covering issues of The First Amendment, freedom of speech, language, democracy, race, culture, religion, gender, and class issues. The valuable data collected with the polls will be available to the college/university, giving the administration, PR, professors and students a powerful look at the real issues on their campuses.
Teja is African American, Native American, Filipinio-Chinese, & German-Danish. Although Arboleda was born in Brooklyn, New York, he lived in Germany for two years and grew up in Japan. He has a BA in Visual and Linguistic Socio-Communuications from Clark University, and is fluent in Japanese and German. His recent PBS documentary “Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians,” won the 2009 Silver Telly Award for best documentary.
About Teja Arboleda, M.Ed.
Teja Arboleda is a television producer, director, writer, actor and public speaker. He also is the founder and president of Entertaining Diversity, Inc. Entertaining Diversity, Inc. creates video, television and live programs on cross-cultural, diversity and inclusion programming for broadcast, distribution, educational institutions, companies, and civic groups all over the United States. Using entertainment-based formats, Entertaining Diversity’s unique mix of theater performance, lectures and multimedia presentations has won high critical acclaim by institutions and at professional gatherings such as the National Association for Multicultural Education.
Arboleda’s highly regarded performance-lectures Ethnic Man!, Healing Racism and Crossing The Line: Comedians, Politicians and Shock Jocks, have taken him through over 1,000 cities and towns in the U.S. as keynote to international organizations such as TESOL, federal institutions such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, and national institutions such as Yale University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Recognition of the importance of Arboleda’s vision include an appearance before the Senate committee on racial classification where he testified for changes in federal racial and ethnic categories, and numerous news stories in the media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, USA Today and Yes! Magazine.
As a prolific television producer and director, Arboleda has made outstanding contributions to public television in the United States. In 1993, he won an Emmy Award for Public Affairs Programming (PBS), and has two Telly Awards (2009 and 2013) for his PBS documentaries. From 1990 to 1992, he was staff editor for the nationally acclaimed PBS documentary series FRONTLINE, and from 1990 to 1994, he was assistant director/editor for minority affairs programming at WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1993 he was awarded an ‘excellence’ distinction for service as a faculty member in the Public Affairs program production training courses.
Arboleda is the author of In The Shadow of Race, (Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 1998) an account of his personal experiences as a multicultural, multiethnic and “multiracial” American. He created, produced, directed, wrote and starred in the six part, first through fourth grade educational video series, Diversity Elementary, which aired on PBS in early 2001, and is distributed by Discovery Learning. He has produced segments on cultural diversity issues for WCVB-TV’s (ABC) Chronicle, released his first full-length feature film entitled “Got Race: A Pigment of the Imagination”, a satirical look at the politics of race and American identity. Arboleda’s iPhone app, RaceOff challenges all notions about racial categories, and is available on iTunes.
Although Arboleda grew up in Japan, his father is Filipino-Chinese and African-American/Native-American, and his mother is German-Danish. Both of his daughters are adopted, and are Asian mix. He is a professor at Clark University, where he teaches sociology, communications and entrepreneurship courses. He received his M.Ed from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and a B.A. from Clark University. His work, services and company information can be found on his website, EntertainingDiversity.com
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