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Series on Human Rights in the World Begins with Critical Look Inward

September 30, 2010
Press Release #10-165


In an effort to raise awareness of human rights issues throughout the world, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Center for the Study of Democracy is sponsoring a series of lectures and film screenings throughout the school year. The first two events, at 6 p.m. October 7 & 14 at Cole Cinema in the Campus Center, examine the George W. Bush administration’s policies regarding enemy combatants. All of the events are free and open to the public.

 Though much of this series will focus on human rights issues elsewhere, the Center’s interim director, Todd Eberly, begins with a look at our own country. “I believe that it is entirely appropriate that we begin this important series with a look inward. America was founded on the belief that all men are created equal and have the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have at times struggled to live up to those words in the 234 years since they were written."

 The initial film series is produced by Sherry Jones, an award-winning investigative filmmaker with dozens of television documentaries to her credit, including work with Bill Moyers and “FRONTLINE” on PBS, “Peter Jennings Reporting for ABC News,” and “CNN Presents.”

 • 6 p.m. October 7 in Cole Cinema in the Campus Center: A screening of Jones’ “Torturing Democracy,” a documentary examining the Bush administration’s detention and interrogation policies. Jones will be available for discussion afterwards, along with Tom Blanton, executive director of the National Security Archive based at The George Washington University.

 • 6 p.m. October 14 in Cole Cinema in the Campus Center: Jones will be joined by human rights attorney Tom Wilner for a panel presentation and question-and-answer session on how the issues raised in “Torturing Democracy” are relevant to today’s administration.

 St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.