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    Duquesne’s ‘Power and Privation’ Series: One Woman vs. Forces Destroying Rain Forest

    They Killed Sister Dorothy, a film that chronicles the fight of one woman against the forces destroying the rain forest, will be the second film in the Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series Power and Privation.


    They Killed Sister Dorothy chronicles the legal proceedings that followed the execution-style murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, a Catholic nun and activist. Stang, 73, had lived in Brazil for 30 years, collaborating with the government to establish sustainable development in a remote corner of the Amazon. Along the way, she had made enemies among the ranchers who stood to benefit from the exploitation of the rain forest. In 2005, she was shot six times at point-blank range. Two men were arrested for the killing, but it became clear that her death was part of a greater conspiracy.

    The speaker at the screening, Dr. David Saiia, associate professor of strategic management and sustainability at Duquesne, works with an Ecuadoran nonprofit organization to preserve the high altitude rain forest of the Choco-Andean corridor.

    Power and Privation will continue through Feb. 23, showing how people who have courage, ingenuity and perseverance can obtain justice, despite powerful opposition. The film series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

    When: Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.

    Where: Room 105 of College Hall on the Duquesne campus

    Information: 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.