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Thursday, September 6, 7pm

Death Row in Texas

Ken Light: Professor/curator, Center of Photography, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A presentation of a photographic essay by the award winning photojournalist Ken Light depicting prisoners awaiting execution on death row in Texas.


Wednesday, September 12, 7pm

Torture in Chile during the Pinochet Years

Amador Aguilar: Chilean torture victim;
Tato Torres: Program director, Institute for the Study of Psychosocial Trauma, Santa Clara;
Jerry Gray: Founder, Survivors International, and director of Agents for Community Involvement;
Roberto Leni: Chilean author, currently working with Global Exchange.


Wednesday, September 19, 7pm

Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People

Chicago journalist John Conroy will talk about his book Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People (2001 finalist of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism). This book is an attempt to explain how an ordinary person becomes a torturer, why torturers are rarely punished, and how societies rationalize torture when it appears. A signing of the new paperback edition (to be published by the University of California Press) and a reception for the author will follow.
Co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Survivors International.


Tuesday, September 25, 7pm

The Death Penalty and the Case of Mumia Abu Jamal

Columbian torture victim and co-cordinator of the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, Cristina Gutierrez Vasquez will join co-coordinator Laura Herrera to discuss the implications of the world’s most well known fight against the death penalty. Hear an update of a shocking case in which a federal court refuses to consider the confession of the real killer while Mumia Abu Jamal faces the death sentence by lethal injection.


Wednesday, September 26, 7pm

The Women Are Burning: A Brief History of European Witch Hunts

Lecture and slide presentation by Leonard Pitt, internationally renowned mime, actor and lecturer.


Wednesday, October 3, 7pm

Art Against Torture

An exhibit of paintings by a Tijuana Women Artists Collective (Grupo M. Artes), commissioned by Amnesty International on the occasion of its worldwide Campaign to Abolish Torture. This program will include a talk and slide show by Bay Area artist, teacher, and human rights activist Claudia Bernardi. A reception for the artists will follow.
Co-sponsored by amnesty International and Survivors International


Thursday, October 4, 7pm

The United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Ann Fagan Ginger: Director, The Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute


Sunday, October 7, 7 pm

Building a movement for Accountability, Democracy, Peace with Justice in Haiti and East Timor

On the tenth anniversary of the most recent bloody coup in Haiti, the Haiti Action Coalition and the East Timor Action Network jointly present speakers who will describe current efforts in those countries to prosecute the major perpetrators of crimes against humanity, as well as the growing movement to achieve accountability, democracy and peace with justice.


Wednesday, October 10, 7pm

Echos from Kosovo

British photojournalist Melanie Friend will talk about her work in Kosovo. This slide show presentation will coincide with the US launch of her upcoming book No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo (to be published by Midnight Editions, London) and followed by a book signing and reception.
Co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Survivors International


Sunday, October 14, 7pm

Closing Reception: Solutions to End Torture

Marcella Adamski: Psychologist with Tibet Justice Center.


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