Thursday, November 4, 2010

Political Art and the Public Sphere presents "Outrage" film screening and discussion

WHAT: The Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS) series presents a screening of the film Outrage followed by a discussion moderated by Jason Pierceson, associate professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at UIS.

WHEN: Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS

DETAILS: Outrage, directed by Kirby Dick, is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians with anti-gay rights voting records, politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States’ most powerful policymakers, Outrage takes a comprehensive look at the harm they’ve inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media’s complicity in keeping their secrets.

Outrage probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, and the double standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures.

Jason Pierceson is the author of Courts, Liberalism, and Rights: Gay Law and Politics in the United States and Canada published by Temple University Press in 2005. He has also edited and contributed essays to two recently published books on same-sex marriage.

The PAPS series is a monthly event on the UIS campus featuring a showing or a performance of some kind of “political art,” followed by an hour or two of group discussion. Each of the three installments in the fall 2010 series aims to raise social and political questions related to gender and sexuality.

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

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