Frank Phillips College will have an Oscar-winning guest on campus tomorrow.
Michael Blake, who is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and author of the bestseller “Dances With Wolves,” will speak to the student body and the public in the FPC Community Activity Center this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. The event is free and the community is invited.
Blake’s visit to FPC is part of the college’s Common Experience program. His speech will include events from his life, going from a struggling writer to an Oscar winner.
A reception and book signing will be held tomorrow evening starting at 6:30 p.m. in the FPC library.
On Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, Blake will teach a Creative Writing workshop in the Frank Phillips College CAI Conference center from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. A light lunch will be provided. A limit of 50 people are allowed to enroll. The cost of the class is $50 per person, and all funds received will go to Blake, who has donated his time to contribute to the Common Experience.
The Common Experience program aims to give all FPC students at least one thing in common. In the past, this has been achieved through a common reading assignment, but this year the college is integrating several different events and experiences, all of which center around the history of the Borger area.
While Blake originally wrote “Dances With Wolves” about the Comanche people, the film adaptation changed the setting to the Northern Plains and featured the Sioux people instead.
Mr. Blake has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and the Writers Guild of America Award for his adaptation of Dances With Wolves into a screenplay. The film also won the Best Picture Oscar in 1990.
He has also earned the Air Force Sergeants Americanism Award, the Cancervive Victory Award, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for work with minorities and the environment, among others.
Blake has written several other books, including The Holy Road and Airman Mortensen, and has a number of screenplays currently in production.