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Expressions of Justice Film Festival
2012-03-13
Festival organizers, Meghan Edwards and Heidi Martens, displaying posters fresh off the press!

A student led initiative from the Sociology Department

March 13, 2012- Providence University College is pleased to announce the first annual Expressions of Justice Festival to be held March 23-24 in the Reimer Student Life Centre. Expressions of Justice is a student led initiative from the Sociology Department intended to increase awareness of various social justice issues and explore Christian responses to them. The general public as well as the Providence community are welcome to this two-day event. The festival intends to focus on both local and global justice issues, with an emphasis on promoting community and cohesion, mobilizing those in attendance to respond to the challenges.

Throughout the weekend, Expressions of Justice will feature various events that highlight concerns such as environmental sustainability, human trafficking, women's rights, aboriginal issues, and food justice. The festival intends to both raise awareness of the complexities of these social problems and to equip participants with practical ways to help. Student coordinators Meghan Edwards and Heidi Martens hope that this will become an annual event, a place where people of faith can discuss a variety of issues that call for justice. Val Hiebert, sociology department faculty supervisor of this event notes that social justice should be of significant interest to Christians given “the overwhelming emphases of the Biblical text in calling us to care for our neighbor by acknowledging and addressing all forms of oppression”.

The Friday night of the festival begins with a student-led social justice information fair from 5:30-8:30 followed by a kick off concert at 8:45 featuring the Queens Brigade, solo artist Matt Dirks, and songs from Providence Chamber Singers. The concert will also include the stories of alumni currently involved in social justice work and fair trade snacks will be available for purchase. Saturday will begin with a viewing of the award-winning documentary The Global Banquet at 10:30. Leader of the recent environmental initiatives on the Providence campus, and head of the Providence Business program, Bruce Duggan will present at 1:00 on the environmental projects underway on campus. A second film will be shown at 2:30 entitled Enslaved and Exploited, a powerful exploration of human trafficking within Canada. The weekend will end with a “Stuff Swap” in which students and community members are invited to bring gently used clothing and other goods to exchange.

Both days are free of cost, and everyone is welcome to attend any and all events!
For more information email expressionsofjustice@gmail.com.

 

 
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