Join us as Ohio University Libraries, Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Athena Cinema celebrate the sixth year of sponsoring the popular “Sustainability Film Series,” an eclectic and diverse series of documentaries in the fields of environmental studies and sustainability. All of fall semester’s screenings, held Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Athena Cinema, are free and open to the public.
The last film in the series on Nov. 28 is “Taking Root,” which tells the story of Wangari Maathai in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country, Kenya. Raised in the rural highlands, educated in the United States during the 1960s civil rights era, and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa, Maathai discovers the heart of her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up.
The purpose of the Sustainability Series, originally titled in 2012 the Common Experience on Sustainability (CEPS), serves as an introduction to local and global issues on the environment. The current film series remains true to its origins by continuing to create an awareness of environmental issues through speakers, activities, and films.
Many of these controversial documentaries enhance the viewer’s learning experience and provide an opportunity to explore the world of environmental and sustainability issues, both from the grassroots movements and from corporate investigations.
Film topics include: energy, biodiversity, zero waste and recycling, climate change, land protection, the clothing industry, oceans, forests and global education.
A panel discussion immediately follows each film screening. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, filmmakers, producers, and community members are invited to stay and share their thoughts and research. We encourage everyone to ASK QUESTIONS and BE CRITICAL.
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