Thursday, April 5, 2012

Political Art and the Public Sphere presents "Breaking the Bank" film & discussion

WHAT: The Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS) series at the University of Illinois Springfield presents a screening of the film “Breaking the Bank”, which will be followed by a group discussion.

WHEN: Monday, April 16, 2012 at 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: After the massive protest activity in Seattle in 1999, which effectively shut down the World Trade Organization, tens of thousands converged to challenge the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank at their April 2000 meeting in Washington D.C. “Breaking the Bank” was filmed by activist filmmakers and is full of dramatic footage from the streets of D.C. But the film aims to go beyond slogans to examine the issues behind the protests. The film includes segments on IMF/World Bank policies, international militarism, ecological crisis, food production, and poverty within the “First World.” The documentary aims to highlight the creativity and conviction of a growing movement against corporate globalization.

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 open group discussion. The discussion is hosted by Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, professor of Political Philosophy and Dr. Heather Dell, associate professor and chair of Women and Gender Studies at UIS.

Each of the installments in the spring 2012 series will explores the meanings and impacts of the phenomenon called “globalization,” highlighting its history and problems. All events are free and open to the public.

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

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