Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College will host its annual convocation virtually this year, due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The presentation will feature keynote addresses by Ram Devineni and Dipti Mehta, an award-winning creative team who will speak on the College’s annual theme of “Leading Change.” The virtual Convocation will premiere on September 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Ram Devineni is a filmmaker, publisher, and founder of Rattapallax based in New York City and New Delhi. He produced, edited, and directed the feature documentary, “The Karma Killings,” which was shot in India and released on Netflix. Recently, he produced “The Russian Woodpecker,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He is the creator of the interactive social-activist comic books, “Priya’s Shakti,” which received the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund from the Ford Foundation and supported by the World Bank, and honored by UN Women as a “gender equality champion.”
Dipti Mehta is an award winning, actor and writer. She wrote “HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan,” which is an attempt to give voice and a face to brothel dwellers bringing their humanity to encounter that of her audiences, and is now touring internationally, creating awareness about the issues of trafficking and human rights. She is best known for her portrayal of Reina in “Life! Camera Action,” which brought her multiple international awards and nominations. She wrote the third chapter, “Priya and the Lost Girls” of the comic book series, “Priya’s Shakti.”
Every year, Mount Aloysius hosts a convocation for students, faculty, and staff to formally begin the academic year. At convocation, speakers explore the theme that will serve as a base for all other presentations on campus that year. The event will be available for public viewing at mtaloy.edu.