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Oscar-Winner To Speak At A Taste Of Road Scholar On Martha's Vineyard

Geoffrey Fletcher, the Academy Award-winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for Precious, will be the special guest speaker at the annual Taste of Road Scholarevent taking place on Martha's Vineyard on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, from 5-7 p.m. at Shearer Cottage in Oak Bluffs.  This event is sponsored by Road Scholar.

Geoffrey Fletcher is a writer and director who has penned numerous screenplays and directed many short films. He received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his adaptation of Precious from the novel Push by Sapphire. Mr. Fletcher also received an NAACP Image Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

"Each year our event celebrates a small piece of African American history through the voices of our guest speakers," says Kathy Taylor, associate vice president at Road Scholar.  "It's an honor to have Geoffrey with us this summer. As the first African American screenwriter to receive an Oscar, he will offer a unique perspective into Hollywood and the extraordinary film that touched so many."

A Taste of Road Scholar on Martha's Vineyard is offered on the island by Road Scholar, known for its exceptional learning opportunities for adults. The Taste program is a sampling of the organization’s programs that include access to expert lecturers and is part of Road Scholar's national outreach initiative to build awareness of its learning adventures in the African American community.

About Road Scholar

Road Scholar is the name for the programs developed and offered by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Our mission is to empower adults to explore the world's places, peoples, cultures and ideas, and in so doing to discover more about themselves. A fellowship of learning and the joy of discovery are the hallmarks of the Road Scholar experience.

Road Scholar programs bring together instructors and participants from diverse backgrounds to foster dynamic interaction, engaging discourse and warm camaraderie. In a world that seems to shrink smaller by the day because of technology, we believe that true insight and understanding are still sparked by hands-on experience and open discussions that stimulate the senses, energize the body and challenge the mind. We are committed to continually developing new program destinations, topics and formats to reflect the shifting realities and emerging trends of our ever-changing world.

Geoffrey Fletcher
Geoffrey Fletcher