Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Political Art and the Public Sphere presents The Shape of Water film screening and discussion

WHAT: The Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS) series presents a screening of the film The Shape of Water followed by a discussion lead by Heather Dell, UIS associate professor in Women and Gender Studies.

WHEN: Monday, September 20, 2010 at 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: In an intimate encounter with five different women in Brazil, India, Jerusalem, and Senegal, The Shape of Water offers a close look at far-reaching and vibrant alternatives crafted by women in response to environmental degradation, archaic traditions, lack of economic independence and war.

The initiatives of these women include rainforest preservation, sustaining a vast co-operative of rural women, ending female genital cutting, strengthening opposition to the occupation of Palestine and maintaining autonomous farms to further economic independence and biodiversity by preserving women’s role as seed keepers.

The Shape of Water offers a unique view of the complex realities faced by these unsung visionaries working to create a more just world.

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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