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Human Rights Film Series

Greed | Need | Perseverance

The University's 15th annual Human Rights Film Series is back in person this year. Check out our line-up of four films that inspire dialogues about some of the most critical human rights issues facing today's world.

  • All screenings begin at 7 p.m.
  • Free and open to the Duquesne Community
  • Enjoy presentations by experts and opinion leaders
  • Light food and drink will be available before each screening

February 8, 2022 | 7 p.m. College Hall 105

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Film: 9/11's Unsettled Dust

Directed by Lisa Katzman. Examines the government's cover up of toxic conditions and public health failure after 9/11, and portrays the epic battle fought by sick and dying 9/11 responders for healthcare.

Featured Speaker: Jay D. Aronson

Dr. Aronson is the founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the History Department. Aronson's research and teaching examine the interactions of science, technology, law, media, and human rights in a variety of contexts.


February 16, 2022 | 7 p.m. College Hall 104

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Film: The Shadow of Gold

Co-directed by Denis Delestrac, Robert Lang, and Sally Blake. An unflinching look at how the world's favorite heavy metal is extracted from the earth.

Featured Speaker: Jim Weber

Dr. Weber is a Professor of Business Ethics and Management at Duquesne University. His research interests include constructing an ethics profile of Millennials, as well as assessing values, moral reasoning and ethical behavior on the individual level and the evaluation of ethical and compliance programs, ethical work climate and organizational ethics audits on the organizational level.

February 24, 2022 | 7 p.m.  College Hall 105

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Film: Building the American Dream

Directed by Chelsea Hernandez . A story of courage, resilience, and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream, of which they are excluded.

Featured Speaker: Eddie Bonilla

Dr. Bonilla is a postdoctoral fellow in LatinX Students and History in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include labor history, racial, ethnic, and gendered forms of resistance to power and struggle, capitalism/imperialism, social movements, revolutions, social justice and inequality. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Migration, Displacement, and Community Studies

March 1, 2022 | 7 p.m.  College Hall 104

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Film: Invisible Hands

Directed by Shraysi Tandon. Invisible Hands is the first feature documentary that exposes child labor and child trafficking within the supply chains of the world's biggest corporations.

Featured Speaker: Robin P. Chapdelaine

Dr. Chapdelaine is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Duquesne University's McAnutly College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Her recent book, The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria is #17 out of the top 40 best-selling books in African History.

The 15th Annual Human Rights Film Series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Mark Frisch at