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The DeVoe L. Moore Center is hosting a three-event film and public policy symposium on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 on school choice and its prospects based on the feature film “Miss Viriginia.” We are fortunate in that we will have Virginia Walden Ford participating (via zoom) as well as the executive producer and director of the film. Complete details are included in the attachment, including bios and links, but here is a brief summary:


On FEBRUARY 9TH, 2021, The DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University is hosting our annual symposium on Filmmaking and Public Policy in February with a focus on education reform. We will be screening and analyzing the 2019 film Miss Virginia, directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna and executive produced by Nick Reid. Our symposium will include live in person panelists in hybrid in-person and live streaming audience experience. The symposium includes the following sessions and panel, including by Q&A from the live and on-line audience:

A discussion with Executive Producer Nick Reid and film Director Daniel Hanna about the creative process and how public policy influences filmmaking from a creative perspective. They will discuss how film and other creative projects are important vehicles for policy reform and nonpartisan discussions. LOCATION: The Globe, FSU main campus.

A live screening of Miss Virginia, offered in-person at the FSU student theater (ASLC) and online via Zoom for virtual participants. LOCATION: Askew Student Life Cinema, FSU main campus.

A collaborative conversation about education policy in Florida and the nation including leading policy experts. LOCATION: Askew Student Life Cinema, FSU main campus.


Engaging Our Audience:

The symposium is founded on Florida State University’s core values of Inspired Excellence and Dynamic Inclusiveness. Achieving these goals requires the passionate participation of our audience at FSU and beyond. To foster a mutually beneficial relationship, we hope our affiliate organizations and individuals will consider avenues such as professional education credits or extra credit for academic coursework.


Why Miss Virginia?

Miss Virginia follows the real story of an inner-city single mother who is financially barred from providing a better education for her 15-year-old son. The movie features her legal fight for School Choice and school vouchers in Washington, D.C.: a fight that opens the door to conversations about policy, reform, rhetoric, and civil advocacy. The film expertly illustrates the multidisciplinary nature of a complex issue that warrants analysis from multiple perspectives.


How To Get Involved:

Participation in our symposium will look different for every affiliate. You and your organization may become involved in the following ways:

  • Attending the event either in-person or online.
  • Sharing the event with organizations and individuals that may have an interest.
  • Providing people with benefits beyond attendance, including extra credit for students.
  • Engaging with our social media platforms to receive and share updates about the event.


The event will be a hybrid live-stream and in-person. We have some capacity to provide an in-person experience. Those interested in attending in person should reach out to Sam Staley at sstaley@fsu.edu and ASAP since they expect these spaces to fill up quickly.

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