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CCC Screening, Discussions Focusing on Environmental Justice

 

Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is partnering with the Camden County College Library and the Camden County Library System to offer a film screening and a trio of discussion opportunities as part of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ “Face-to Face: Community Conversations on Environmental Justice” program.

 

The Center will present “The Last Ghost of War,” a documentary narrated by actor Kevin Kline that follows a class-action lawsuit brought against 32 American chemical companies who produced the dioxin-laced defoliants that were used during the Vietnam War and are collectively known as “Agent Orange.” These substances have left a devastating legacy on residents and the environment, and the film explores themes of moral and corporate responsibility and the question of whether the herbicides actually were chemical weapons.

 

A discussion of the film, facilitated by Mark Krasovic of Rutgers University–Newark’s Department of American Studies, will follow the screening. At two later dates, sessions on supplementary reading materials will be led by Chaone Mallory of Villanova University’s Department of Philosophy at Camden County Library System locations. Both reading discussions will explore short environment-related writings.

 

The film screening and discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in Civic Hall, which is inside the Connector Building on the College’s Blackwood Campus. The campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

 

The first follow-up reading session will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the M. Allen Vogelson Regional Branch Library, 201 Laurel Road, Voorhees.

 

The second follow-up reading session will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at the William G. Rohrer Memorial Library, 15 MacArthur Blvd., Westmont.

 

Camden County College is an official New Jersey Professional Development Provider. As a result, state-certified teachers may earn approved professional development credit for attending.

 

For further details about the screening and discussion, contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or via e-mail at CCLRregistrations@camdencc.edu. To register for one of the reading groups, visit www.camden.lib.nj.us/events/default.htm. The Vogelson Library can be contacted at (856) 772-1636. The Rohrer Library can be contacted at (856) 854-2752.


Published: September 29, 2011