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Pittsburgh Police Chief and NAACP President to Speak at Duquesne Human Rights Film Series

Oppression and Opportunity, the eighth annual Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series, will feature six critically acclaimed documentaries that address social justice issues around the globe.

"As a University grounded in core values of social justice, attentiveness to global issues, and concern for moral and spiritual values, we have to promote awareness of the many forms of oppression that impact the well-being of large segments of our population," said Dr. Edith Krause, chair of modern languages and literatures, which sponsors the series, and film series committee member. "We have to talk about social, economic, political and cultural rights to foster understanding and avert tragedies."

The series begins with a screening of White Like Me, an examination of the legacy of white privilege in America, and how that legacy continues to perpetuate racial inequality and shape public policy. Following the film, Cameron S. McLay, Pittsburgh chief of police; Connie Parker, NAACP Pittsburgh chapter president; and Dr. George Yancy, professor of philosophy at Duquesne, will continue the conversation and answer questions related to the film.

When: Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.

Where: Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue., Pittsburgh.

Upcoming Films in the Series:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28: Power & Control-documents the issues of domestic violence and abuse through the eyes of one woman.
  • Monday, Feb. 2: Fed Up-exposes the relationship between the processed food industry and government regulators, whose products and policies have resulted in a nationwide obesity epidemic.
  • Monday, Feb. 9: Not My Life-examines human trafficking and slavery in the 21st century.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18: Fourth World-draws attention to one-sixth of the world's population who are oppressed and largely forgotten, currently living in slums.
  • Monday, Feb. 23: #ReGeneration-explores the alleged apathy and cynicism of the millennial generation.

Information: Free admission. For more information visit Facebook or Twitter or call 412.396.6415.

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