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Seventh Annual Ethics Day

October 15, 2003

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MACOMB, IL – Tuesday, Oct. 21 marks the annual Ethics Day as part of Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology Week. Award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator Sasha Waters will be on campus to discuss issues surrounding environmental and cultural degradation.

Waters, an assistant professor of film and video production at the University of Iowa, will participate in four programs throughout the day. She will lead a discussion of “Razing Appalachia” --- her latest nonfiction production which focuses on the demise of Pigeonroost Hollow in West Virginia due to "mountaintop removal" -- at 9:30 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121. Just 40 families, where there were once 300, remain in Pigeonroost Hollow. Waters' documentary, which has appeared at film festivals around the world and on PBS, is the story of their fight against the second-largest coal company in America.

Waters will also join other panelists at “Raising Appalachia” at 11 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121 for a discussion that will focus on what lessons have been learned from environmental and cultural degradation in Appalachia. She will also lead an informal session on “How to Make an Independent Film” at 2 p.m. in Stipes Hall 527.

Waters will present her keynote address, “Justice, Environment and Engagement: The Role of Independent Media in Sustaining a Progressive Collective Imagination,” at 3:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121.

Free public screenings of her 55-minute documentary “Razing Appalachia” will be held at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in Stipes 121.

WatersÂ’ presentations are open free to the public. For more information, contact the CBT Dean's Office at 309/298-2442, or the Program for the Center of Ethics at 309/298-1193.

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