October 20, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Rev. Denise Griebler will give the talk, "The Chiapas, Mexico, Conflict," on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

Griebler is a peace activist, organizer of the U.S. Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s, and member of the Board of International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), based in San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas, Mexico. SIPAZ monitors the conflict in Chiapas.

Talk examines film events
Griebler's talk will examine the events related in the film, "A Massacre Foretold." In 1997, 45 members of Las Abejas, a passive resistance group attending church in the village of Chiapas, were massacred by paramilitary forces.

The massacre is chronicled by Scottish documentary maker Nick Higgins in his film, honored as the Best Human Rights Documentary by WACC/Signis in 2007. Higgins is an expert on Mexican culture and politics and the author of Understanding the Chiapas Rebellion.

The film will be shown prior to the lecture on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Center Room of the Elaine Langone Center, and on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at noon in Rooke Chemistry Auditorium. For more information about the film, visit www.massacreforetold.com/.

"Peace & Resistance" series
The films and the lecture, which are open to the public without charge, are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Bucknell as part of the ongoing "Peace & Resistance" series.

The series is a multidisciplinary program of events held in celebration of 25 Years of the University Art Gallery at Bucknell, 10 Years of Bucknell Brigades to Nicaragua, and 125 years of women at Bucknell.

For more information about the "Peace & Resistance" series, visit http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/Admin_Services/LAS/P&R_Programs.htm.

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