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"China Syndrome" next in Ethics Film Series

Feb. 8, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The 1979 thriller "The China Syndrome" is the second feature in the Ethics Film Series at Western Michigan University with a screening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Room 213 of the Bernhard Center. Admission is free.

Dr. Norman Hawker, WMU associate professor of finance and commercial law, will lead the post-film discussion on the ethical issues involving business, the environment and journalism ethics raised in the 120-minute film.

Released just days before the real Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the film features Jane Fonda, who portrays a television news reporter, and Michael Douglas, a cameraman, who secretly film an alleged drill at a nuclear plant because they do not believe the activities are routine.

Jack Lemmon won the Oscar for Best Leading Actor for his role as a supervising engineer at the plant who knows the danger involved in drilling and faces the prospect of a nuclear reactor burning a hole straight through the earth to China.

The Ethics Films Series is sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. Other films in the series will be shown on March 20 and April 3. All will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 213 of the Bernhard Center. The remaining titles and discussion leaders will be announced at a future date.

For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Borden, co-director of the Ethics Center, at sandra.borden@wmich.edu or (269) 387-0362.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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