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Schedule and Speakers

"From Silence to Solidarity," the University's 9th annual Human Rights Film Series, offers a lineup of award-winning documentaries that address some of the most critical abuses of human rights in our world today.

Thursday, January 21

The Hunting Ground

A riveting expose of rape on US college campuses, where one in five women are sexually assaulted-yet only a fraction are reported (with emotional first-person testimonies of rape survivors).


Laura Summers
Education and Training Specialist, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape 


Thursday, January 28

Merchants of Doubt

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants Of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities-yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. .


Robert Howard
Political activist and former business executive

Dr. Neil Donahue
Director, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research
Carngie Mellon University


Thursday, February 4

Food Chains

A behind-the-scenes investigation into the deplorable working conditions of migrant farmworkers in Florida, who pick the crops that we buy at supermarkets and fast-food chains. The film focuses on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Movement-a cause that is supported and advocated by Duquesne's Spiritan Campus Ministry with a Cross-Cultural Mission Experience in Immokalee, Florida.


Kate Lecci
Spiritan Campus Ministry, Duquesne University

Thursday, February 11

Don't Tell Anyone

The true, inspiring story of Angy Rivera, an undocumented teenager from Columbia living in New York City who dreams of going to college-and is tormented by an even darker secret.


Mark Harley, Esq., Partner
Schneck and Harley Immigration Law Group, LLP


Thursday, February 18

Place at the Table

A disturbing documentary that provides a stark view of hunger in America, where 50 million people-including one in four children-do not know where their next meal is coming from. .


Cynthia Moore
Educational Programs
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank


Thursday, February 25

The True Cost

A groundbreaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the true human and environmental costs of the clothing we wear every day-95% of which is made overseas by exploited laborers in third-world countries.


Charles Kernaghan, Director
Barbara Briggs, Associate Director
Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Pittsburgh, PA (World headquarters)



 All screenings at 7 p.m. in 105 College Hall on the campus of Duquesne University