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KERA, TWU and UNT present free screening of the PBS documentary ‘A Path Appears: Poverty & Early Childhood Intervention’ at TWU Feb. 4


DENTON — KERA Television, Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas will present a free community screening of the new PBS documentary “A Path Appears: Poverty& Early Childhood Intervention” at the TWU Denton campus Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register, visit

The event includes a screening of the film and a panel discussion on early learning, poverty and intervention with faculty members from TWU and UNT. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Barbara Lerner, TWU associate provost for undergraduate studies and academic partnerships.

The faculty panelists are Dr. Connie Briggs, chair and professor for the TWU Department of Reading; Dr. Dina Castro, the Velma E. Schmidt Chair in Early Childhood Education for UNT; Dr. Karen Petty, chair of the TWU Department of Family Sciences and professor of early child development and education; and Dr. George S. Morrison, UNT professor of early childhood education.

“A Path Appears,” a new PBS documentary premiering on KERA, follows journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and dedicated actor/advocates to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States. They uncover the harshest forms of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow and the effective solutions being forged to combat them.

KERA is screening episode two of “A Path Appears” in partnership with TWU and UNT. It features actress Jennifer Garner, who returns to her native West Virginia to visit families enrolled in Save the Children’s Early Steps program, which introduces early learning to children living in poverty, and provides support for mothers.

The four-hour “A Path Appears” series will air in three weekly installments at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 26 on KERA TV. The documentary is part of KERA’s Women and Girls Lead initiative, which is sponsored by the Dallas Women’s Foundation – dedicated to advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. For more information, visit

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Amanda Simpson
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