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Screening event set for Soledad O’Brien’s ‘Great Expectations’

Earlier in the month, Learning Curve carried an item about an episode of CNN’s ongoing documentary series “Black in America” that was filmed here over the last year. Entitled “Great Expectations,” it takes a look inside north Minneapolis’ Mastery School, which opened a year ago as part of a partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the charter network anchored by Harvest Prep.

Soledad O’Brien, who created “Black in America,” hasn’t given too much away about which locals will appear in the final cut of the program or exactly what it will say, but it seems safe to assume it will probe MPS’ decision to charter independent schools as a part of a novel charter-district collaboration Minneapolis has undertaken in the last couple of years.

If you want to see the program and you’d enjoy seeing it at an event hosted by Harvest’s founders, Eric and Ella Mahmoud, you have only a few hours to RSVP to a viewing party to be held Friday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Replies are requested by 5 p.m. today,  Wednesday, Aug. 28, to There is no charge.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Convention Center’s Lobby D, room 103C, with a reception at which Mahmoud will sign copies of a new book, “Best in Class,” he authored with Jeffrey Hassan, Esq.

At 8:30 attendees will hear from Mahmoud and MPS Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. “Great Expectations” will screen from 9-10, after which guests are welcome to spend another hour networking.

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