Monday, February 16, 2015

UIS Political Art and the Public Sphere series to screen and discuss the film "The Square"

WHAT: The Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS) series at the University of Illinois Springfield presents a screening and discussion of the documentary The Square (2013) by Jehane Noujaim. Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, UIS associate professor of political philosophy will moderate the event.

WHEN: Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: The Square depicts the ongoing Egyptian Revolution of 2011 from its roots in Tahrir Square. The film was nominated for the Academy Award and won three Emmys. The Square immerses the viewer in the intense drama of people on the streets of Cairo claiming their right to create a different society, leading to the toppling of two governments in quick succession. The film documents the realization of the power of citizenship, and tells the story of young people struggling against many forces to live in a society of their own making.

Gilman-Opalsky will discuss how the occupation of squares has become the iconic image of recent global uprisings. He’ll discuss how engaged citizens have often created a common experience in revolt and rebellion, which we have seen in many countries around the world since 2008.

In two separate installments, the Spring 2015 Political Art and the Public Sphere series will explore and discuss the uprising in Egypt's Tahrir Square and another in Turkey's Taksim Square. An open discussion about the events that took place in each film will follow the screening. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Professor Richard Gilman-Opalsky at 217/206-8328 or email

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