Conversation with actor-filmmaker Mike Manning set for March 13March 6, 2014
EAU CLAIRE — "A Conversation with Mike Manning" will take place March 13 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will host a wide-ranging discussion with the actor-filmmaker at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Manning gained fame as a cast member on the MTV series "The Real World: D.C.," which presented his personal conflicts regarding his sexual orientation and religious beliefs. He unexpectedly found himself an activist for LGBT rights and worked for the Human Rights Campaign and the Energy Action Coalition.
The Q&A-style conversation will cover a variety of topics including Manning's experience with reality television, documentary filmmaking, his personal struggles with sexuality and religion, and his engagement with organizations that promote progress, equality, diversity, youth empowerment, voting, youth-centric services, education and health.
Manning served as executive producer of the recently completed documentary "Kidnapped for Christ," a film that sheds light on a controversial Christian behavior modification school in the Dominican Republic.