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Film Viewing & Discussion

  • Date: Thrusday, April 12th
  • Location: International Cultural Center
    Office of International Affairs | Auditorium | 601 Indiana Ave.
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Guest Speaker: Robin Chandler, Ph.D. (Northeastern University, 1992) Associate Professor of African American Studies, author of "Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism", and the Director of The Peace Doors Project, a movement to create nine monumental peace doors at nine sites around the world. Read more here.

    pray the devil back to hell filmPray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)
    Pre-conference Film Viewing & Discussion
    International Cultural Center | Office of International Affairs | Auditorium | 601 Indiana Ave. | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) Directed by Gini Reticker, chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

    Remarks will follow from one of our keynote speakers Dr. Robin Chandler, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Northeastern University and author of "Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism about the experiences of women with the war in Liberia.

    This year’s conference theme, "Women and Global Change: Achieving Peace Through Empowering Women" was inspired by the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Bbowee, who is featured in the documentary, from Liberia and Tawakkol Karman from Yemen. The peace-building work each of these three women have endured and continue to work on to this day, has set in motion an empowering movement for social, political and economic change. This year’s conference is sure to inspire, educate, and transform how global movements are local movements.

    We hope you will make plans to join us for our kick off event and celebrate our 31st year as an academic program. Visitors will find FREE parking available at the International Cultural Center.

    Watch the trailer and other interviews here.


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Important dates

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  • April 4 - Volunteer Training
  • April 5 - Volunteer Training
  • April 6, 2012 - deadline for pre-registration (includes breakfast & lunch ticket)
    April 12-13, 2012 - any late registrations, received after this date as well as on the day of the conference, will not include the continental breakfast and/or luncheon
  • April 12, 2012 - Pre-Conference Film Viewing; "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"
  • April 13, 2012 - date of conference

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  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Conference Registration and Information Table Monitor
  • Program/Panel Session Monitor
  • Technical Equipment Monitor
  • Greeters/Guides


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