Thursday, April 15, 2010

PAPS and ECCE Speakers Series presents "The Cove"

WHAT: The final installment for University of Illinois Springfield Spring 2010 Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS) series and Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series will feature a screening of the film “The Cove”. A group discussion will follow the presentation.

WHEN: Monday, April 26, 2010 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus

DETAILS: “The Cove” is a piece of investigative journalism with the pace and feel of an action thriller. Led by Louie Psihoyos, leader of the Ocean Preservation Society, and Richard O'Barry, an internationally recognized authority on dolphin training who is best known for his work on the 1960's TV show Flipper, the film follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.

The film presents an insider's account of this life-or-death covert operation. Guerrilla journalism and activist filmmaking bring to light the sharp political contest over who can do what in the waters of the world.

During the spring semester, all three installments of PAPS will provide a forum for focusing on particular political issues under the general heading “Water and Politics.”

Each semester, Political Art and the Public Sphere features a showing or performance of some kind of “political art,” followed by a group discussion. The basic idea behind PAPS is to consider how ‘art’ raises provocative social and political questions.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky at or 217/206-8328.

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