Monday, November 11, 2013

Whitworth hosts award-winning filmmaker Jen Marlowe, Nov. 19


Social justice advocate, filmmaker, author and playwright Jen Marlowe will present “Reflections of Resistance” at Whitworth on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall.

Marlowe is a Seattle-based human rights activist. She has worked in conflict resolution for youth in Israel, Afghanistan, Cyprus, India, Pakistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“Jen Marlowe’s lecture will be a unique opportunity to hear about her experiences in Israel, Sudan, Palestine and Bahrain as well as her views regarding capital punishment,” Andriana Siefe, ’15, ASWU cultural events coordinator, says.

Her most recent book, I am Troy Davis, was co-written with Troy Davis’s sister, Martina Davis-Correia and tells the story of a man who is arrested and executed in spite of a strong case for his innocence. There will be a book signing held in the Whitworth bookstore prior to her lecture.

Marlowe writes extensively about the death penalty and the Palestine and Israel conflict and Sudan. She is also the author of The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker (Nation Books, 2011) and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival  (Nation Books, 2006).

Marlowe is the founder of donkeysaddleprojects.org, which, through film, writing and theatre, seeks to show the strength and resilience of those who have been marginalized and oppressed by society. She has made two award-winning documentary films, Darfur Diaries: Message from Home, which tells stories of Northern Darfur and Eastern Chad, and Rebuilding Hope, which follows three Sudanese-Americans on their first trip back to Sudan. She also wrote a play, There is a Field, which addresses the struggles of Palestinians in Israel.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Andriana Siefe, ASWU cultural events coordinator, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4790 or asiefe15@my.whitworth.edu

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu