Chris Bashinelli, executive producer of PBS's "Bridge the Gap TV," will bring his insight into the developing world to SUNY Fredonia as the keynote speaker of International Education Week Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 101 Jewett Hall.
"Bridge the Gap TV" is designed to inspire the next generation by presenting new perspectives from the developing world and fostering cross-cultural understanding. Its messages explore hardships, such as unemployment, poverty and genocide, as well as success, resilience and resourcefulness.
The program's three principles are to entertain by immersing viewers in a new culture, educate through interviews with influential political and social figures, and empower an audience to be the change they wish to see in the world. Each episode also highlights practical ways viewers can move the world forward, which has resulted in new exposure for the Peace Corps, the Millennium Promise and other organizations.
Chris Bashinelli speaks at the United Nations’ 2011 International Day of Peace Student Observance. He became the youngest male ever to moderate the event, which included musician Stevie Wonder, conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, and actor Michael Douglas.
Bashinelli, a world traveler, serves as both program host and producer and also writes for the Huffington Post and Lonely Planet.
Admission to Bashinelli's presentation is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and community members, but tickets are required and can be obtained at the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office, 144 Williams Center. The keynote address is part of the campus' International Education Week, which is sponsored by SUNY Fredonia's International Education Center.