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WHAT: Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will screen highlights from the PBS series "Women, War & Peace."

“Women, War & Peace” is a bold new five-part PBS mini-series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. A co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films, “Women, War & Peace” places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security and reframes understanding of modern warfare. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, the series reveals how the post Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Simultaneously, they are emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about the PBS series. The panel, moderated by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center, will include Abigail Disney, executive producer of "Women, War & Peace"; Soraya Mekerta, Ph.D., director of the Spelman College African Diaspora and the World Program and associate professor (world languages and literature/French and Francophone studies); and Nancy Wallace, a member of the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit spelman.edu or call 404-270-5625.

WHO: Presented by the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Spelman College, Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta 30314

WHY: “Women, War & Peace” spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia – raising awareness and facilitating dialogue about the roles of women in peace and war.

NOTES: Join the virtual conversation for “Women, War & Peace” on Twitter at #womenwarandpeace.

About the National Center for Civil and Human Rights 
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will display The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection (King Papers), the award-winning Without Sanctuary lynching exhibit and the Benny Andrews John Lewis Collection. The Center will serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue, attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. Located in Downtown Atlanta at Pemberton Place and equipped with broadcast and event space, the Center will host civil and human rights conversations among scholars, organizations and the public. For more information, visit National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

About the Women’s Research and Resource Center
The Women’s Research and Resource Center is the first women’s research center at a historically Black college and the first one to offer a women’s studies major. Over the course of its 30-year history, with sustained support from the Ford Foundation, the Center has facilitated faculty and student leadership development; collaborated with other departments/programs on and off campus to establish new courses (most recently in the sciences) that address issues of gender, race, and sexuality; established international linkages with universities outside the U.S. to increase their capacity to promote faculty and student development; and hosted a number of conferences that explore the lives of African and African descended women in a variety of cultural contexts.


About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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