October 24th, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 20195:00 PM - 9:00 PM PI WEEK - Screening of “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code”
In July 1995, a heat wave overtook Chicago. High humidity and a layer of heat-retaining pollution drove the heat index up to more than 126°. City roads buckled, electric grids failed, thousands became ill, and hundreds of people died, most of them poor, elderly, and African American. Balancing serious and somber with her respectful, albeit ironic and signature quirky style, filmmaker Judith Helfand explores the long-term crisis produced by the intersection of pernicious poverty, racism, economic and social isolation, and weather-related “natural disasters.”
Panel Discussion with the Filmmaker Judith Helfand to follow screening.
View Trailer Here.
Campus Partners: Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, Penn Cinema Studies, Annenberg School for Communication
In conjunction with the Symposium on “Environmental Justice and Health Disparities in the U.S.” For more information see: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/enviro-justice/2019-symposium/ .
This program has been approved for 2.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $100.00 ($50.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable toThe Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.Golkin 100, Michael A. Fitts Auditorium
February 27th, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 20194:30 PM Defamation Today: A Tool of Vindication or Vengeance?
How Defamation Claims in High-Profile Cases Involving Hulk Hogan, the #MeToo Movement, Bill Cosby, President Trump, and Katie Couric Are Impacting Free Speech, Investigative Reporting, and Political Activism
The lecturer will be Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is global Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group and previously led the firm’s appellate, crisis management, transnational litigation and media groups. As both a crisis management strategist and a seasoned appellate and media lawyer, Mr. Boutrous has extensive experience handling high-profile litigation, media relations, and media legal issues. He routinely advises clients in planning how to respond, and in responding, to crises and other especially significant legal problems that attract the media spotlight. Mr. Boutrous received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review.
This inaugural event in the Documentaries & the Law lecture series on Media and the First Amendment, sponsored by Stephanie Abrutyn L’91, will consider the impact of free speech on the expansive use of defamation as an offensive sword for litigating the truth of denials of misconduct that may not be directly challengeable and as a defensive shield for stifling lawsuits and potentially exacting revenge. Defamation claims raised in the contemporary controversies roiling Washington, DC, college campuses, the entertainment industry, and corporate executive suites are raising important legal questions, like who is a public figure, when is a denial made in the course of litigation actionable libel, and what is a fact and what is an opinion?
There will be a reception following the lecture.
This event will be live-streamed at 4:30 pm:
This program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable toThe Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Sponsored by the Penn Program on Documentaries, The Center for Media at Risk, and the Law and Penn Law Entertainment and Sports Law SocietyGolkin 100, Michael A. Fitts Auditorium
January 18th, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 20186:00 PM Screening of “Price of Memory”In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. While there, she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit against the Queen.Golkin 100, Michael A. Fitts Auditorium