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Ethics Film Series opens with "United 93"

Jan. 27, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Academy Award nominee "United 93" opens the new Ethics Film Series at Western Michigan University with a screening and discussion beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Room 3226 of Kohrman Hall. Admission is free.

Dr. Steven Lipkin, WMU professor of communication, will lead the post-film discussion on whether a story about Sept. 11, 2001, can appropriately represent a national tragedy of such magnitude so soon after the actual event. Can a Hollywood version of a major disaster or tragedy enhance remembrance or must it, by nature of the media, exploit public emotion?

Paul Greengrass is a 2007 Academy Award nominee for Best Achievement in Directing for his critically acclaimed work with "United 93." The film also is Oscar-nominated for best editing and has won awards from more than a dozen major film critics associations. It has been nominated for or won "Best Picture" awards for 2006 from the London Critics Circle, Chicago Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle and Washington D.C. Film Critics Association, among several others.

"United 93" is the story of the fourth hijacked airliner of Sept. 11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pa., after passengers attempted to retake control of the plane. The film is rated "R" for language and some intense sequences of terror and violence.

Spring 2007 Ethics Film Series

Jan. 30 - "United 93" (2006)
Discussion led by Dr. Steven Lipkin

Feb. 27 - "Barbarians at the Gate" (1993)
Discussion led by Dr. Norman Hawker

March 27 - "The Remains of the Day" (1993)
Discussion led by Dr. Jil Larson

April 10 - "Burn!" (1970)
Discussion led by Dr. William Santiago-Valles

All films in the series begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and all films except "United 93" will be shown in Room 1280 of Schneider Hall. The Ethics Film Series is sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Borden, associate professor of communication, at sandra.borden@wmich.edu or (269) 387-0362.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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