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Sixth Annual Duquesne Human Rights Film Series Focuses on Repression and Resilience

Repression and Resilience, the sixth annual Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series, kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 16, with a screening of The Last Mountain, a documentary that explores the impacts of mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia.

After the film, Dr. Lou Martin, assistant professor of history at Chatham University, will provide personal insight on mountaintop removal and answer questions from attendees. Originally from New Cumberland, W.Va., Martin is a dedicated activist fighting to end mountaintop removal in his home state.

In addition to The Last Mountain, the series will feature:

  • Genocide: Worse Than War-focusing on the Holocaust, the Soviet gulags, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur and Hiroshima
    Thursday, Jan. 24
  • Saving Face and Killing Us Softly 4-exploring abuses of women both abroad and in the United States
    Tuesday, Jan. 29
  • The Invisible War-an investigative documentary about the alleged rape of female soldiers within the U.S. military
    Monday, Feb. 4
  • Nuclear Aftershocks-an investigation of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan and its implications for U.S. nuclear safety
    Wednesday, Feb. 13

To close the series, special guest speaker Dr. Samuel J. Hazo, McAnulty Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and founder of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, will read selections of his own poetry after a screening of Poetry of Resilience on Thursday, Feb. 21.

All screenings are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of College Hall.

The Human Rights Film Series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. For more information, call 412.396.6415.

Duquesne University

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 nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 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.