past event

SOF Bay Area Discussion Reception: Film Premiere of ‘The Great American Lie’

Society of Fellow members are invited for a special evening to preview First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new film The Great American Lie. The film examines how a U.S. value system built on the extreme masculine ideals of money, power, and control has glorified individualism, institutionalized inequality, and undermined the ability of most Americans to achieve the “American Dream.”

The evening will begin with a private reception with the filmmakers and several of the film’s featured subjects, followed by its world premiere. Following the screening, Governor Gavin Newsom will moderate a panel discussion with Siebel Newsom and film subjects and experts, Ruby DeTie, Saru Jayaraman, and Jackson Katz to further expand the conversation around the causes and solutions to America’s inequality and division.

This reception is part of the Society of Fellows Discussion Reception Series in the Bay Area, which is generously underwritten by Janet and Tom McKinley and Mary and Harold Zlot.

*If you are not yet a member of the Society of Fellows, and have interest in joining, please contact Stacey Silver or the SOF Hotline.

Speaker Biographies: 

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 30,000 worker members, 770 employer members, and tens of thousands of consumer members nationwide. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, and global thought leader who is renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He is co-founder of the multi-racial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond. MVP was the first large-scale gender violence prevention initiative in sports culture and the U.S. military, and the program that introduced the “bystander” approach to the field. He is the founder and president of MVP Strategies, which provides sexual harassment and gender violence prevention training for small and large corporations, educational institutions and community organizations.

Ruby Lee De Tie, a first generation college graduate started her teaching career in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated with a dual degree in English and Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education from Mills College. Although her first love was in the classroom, she realized the limitations of her impact and pursued becoming a principal. Ruby joined New Leaders in 2013 and became an assistant principal. One year later she moved into the principalship where she has resided for the last five years. Ruby dreams of a world where ALL children are educated and challenged to become the best version of themselves. She hopes that through her leadership more students will be able to THRIVE!

Governor Gavin Newsom is widely recognized for his bold willingness to lead – repeatedly developing, advocating, and implementing innovative and groundbreaking solutions to some of our most challenging issues. On a wide range of topics including same-sex marriage, gun safety, marijuana, the death penalty, universal health care, access to preschool, technology, criminal justice reform, and the minimum wage, Newsom stuck his neck out and did the right thing, which often led to sweeping changes when his policies were ultimately accepted, embraced, and replicated across the state and nation.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-Winning and Academy Award-Nominated documentary The Invisible War, and the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground.

Event information
Mon Apr 15, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
111 Minna Gallery (reception)
SFMOMA Wattis Theater (film screening)