Feature Film on Political Figure Geraldine Ferraro Kicks Off PARTICIPATE ’14
To kick off PARTICIPATE ’14—a St. John’s initiative to promote political engagement—the University will offer a free public screening of the documentary feature Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way at its Queens campus this month.
The screening will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21, in the D’Angelo Center. The event will begin with a panel discussion on the life and accomplishments of the late Geraldine Ferraro, a trailblazing politician and former Democratic congresswoman who became the first female vice presidential candidate from a major political party.
“Almost 30 years to the very night that Geraldine Ferraro made history when she accepted her party’s vice presidential nomination, we will gather in Queens County where it all began to both look back and forward at how our national politics has changed over the last three decades,” said Brian Browne, assistant vice president for government relations at the University.
Browne is the founder of the PARTICIPATE initiative. The purpose of the annual program is to promote and increase civic awareness of and participation in the political process. Each year, PARTICIPATE sponsors voter registration drives, candidate forums, academic lectures, and other events, including screenings and public discussions of documentaries such as Gerrymandering, Street Fight, and Koch.
Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way examines the life of the Democratic politician from New York. Ferraro made history in 1984, when she was selected as the first female vice presidential nominee on a major national ticket in 1984. The film was directed and produced by Donna Zacarro, one of Ferraro's daughters.