University of North Texas

 PBS documentary series features UNT's groundbreaking work

The innovative work of a forensic anthropologist, an economist, and the jazz studies program at the University of North Texas will be featured in three episodes of a 13-episode documentary series about the groundbreaking accomplishments at public universities.

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The "State of Tomorrow" series, directed by former UNT student Mat Hames, explores how academic leaders at public universities are seeking solutions to the challenges facing Texans today.

"People understand a university's private benefit -- that it can help you, or your children, earn more money by having a degree," said Hames, an award-winning independent filmmaker. "But they don't see how higher education affects their lives in a larger sense -- how vast its reach is, how it touches every aspect of our lives. So many things we take for granted are created in an academic environment. The hope is that this show will open people's eyes about how public higher education is solving problems that affect everyone."

The series of half-hour episodes will air at 11 p.m. Mondays starting April 2 on KERA. If you live outside of the Dallas - Ft. Worth region, check the State of Tomorrow web site to find stations and showtimes for your area. Three episodes featuring UNT will air in May and June on the following dates:

In addition to the work at UNT, the series features faculty members from the Texas A&M University System, Texas State University System, Texas Tech University System, University of Houston System and the University of Texas System.

Hames, director of the series, is co-founder and president of Alpheus Media Inc., a documentary production company. Alpheus Media co-produced the series with the University of Texas Foundation, in a partnership with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and private sponsors, including AT&T Inc., Exxon Mobil Corp. and IBC Bank.

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