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    ‘Power and Privation’ to be Explored in Duquesne Human Rights Film Series

    A series of six films showing how people who have courage, ingenuity and perseverance can obtain justice, despite powerful opposition comprise Power and Privation, this year's annual Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series.

    The series, which is free and open to the public, will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 18, with The Age of Stupid, a thought-provoking indictment of inaction on climate change that makes its case using an unusual blend of drama and documentary peppered with animated explanatory digressions. An expert on the subject matter of each film will speak at the screenings, which take place weekly from Jan. 18 through Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of Duquesne's College Hall.

    The Age of Stupid features the recently deceased and widely esteemed British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who plays an archivist in the year 2055 who toils alone in vaults deep in the now-iceless Arctic. He stumbles upon video from our era-video that inspires him to ponder our era's seeming indifference to the signs that the Earth's climate was warming, the clear evidence that everyday activities were the cause and the shocking fact that it was within our power to stop it.

    Jeanne Clark, communications director for PennFuture, a Pennsylvania-based environmental advocacy group, whose CoolPennsylvania campaign aims to educate lawmakers about climate change and the actions that can be taken to prevent it, will introduce the film. A free public reception follows the screening.

    The five films that follow in the series focus on a variety of issues that have created profound human rights concerns, including:

    • Monday, Jan. 24, They Killed Sister Dorothy

    One woman versus the forces destroying the rain forest.
    Speaker: Dr. David Saiia, associate professor of strategic management and sustainability at Duquesne.

    • Tuesday, Feb. 1, Food, Inc.

    The health impact of an industrialized food supply.
    Speaker: Dave Schmidt, president and CEO of the International Food Information Council Foundation.

    • Wednesday, Feb. 9, Crossing Arizona

    The national debate over illegal immigrants.
    Speakers: The Rev. Daniel Vallecorsa, chaplain of the Latino Catholic Community in Pittsburgh, and Jackie Martinez, ACLU Legal Committee of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter.

    • Tuesday, Feb. 15, Afghan Star

    American Idol, Afghan style.
    Speaker: Dr. Lewis Irwin, associate professor of political science at Duquesne.

    • Wednesday, Feb. 23, Crude

    The irreparable environmental impact of oil production.
    Speaker: Dr. Kent Moors, professor of political science at Duquesne.

    Power and Privation is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne. More information is available at www.duq.edu/human-rights.


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    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.