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Hugh Jackman’s performance with Anne Hathaway at the 2009 Oscars got me hooked on the annual awards ceremony – if only for its musical numbers.

It’s a great guilty pleasure of mine, but since the screening of Oscar Night in the Black Squirrel started, I’ve been able to sit through the entire awards ceremony, with commentary from fellow students.

Which means this should be music to the ears of Sarah Lawrence film and Oscar buffs: There’s an Oscar coming to town.

That’s right: on Thursday night, Academy Award winning filmmaker, activist and grassroots organizer Barbara Trent will present her Academy Award winning documentary, “The Panama Deception”. The documentary won the 1993 Award for Best Documentary Feature for its portrayal of the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama. It brings together a riveting narrative of an event unknown to the general American public, and weaves a complex but persuasive web of ideas regarding public deception by the media and government, the true motivations of the invasion, and the aftermath of the assault.

Trent will be screening the film and discussing how the film serves as a starting point for discussions about U.S. domestic and international intervention. She will also discuss the role of the media, activism, and the role of citizens in a participatory government system. Come along for the ride and bring a critical eye to see how our economy, war, health, education, the environment and social justice are connected.

The film will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a discussion in Titsworth Lecture Hall.

Visit www.empowermentproject.org for more information about Trent’s work.

This event is co-organized by Warren Green and SLC Workers’ Justice. Sponsored by, SLC Film, Screenwriting and Media Department, the Politics Department, Student Senate, the Diana Leslie Fund and the Empowerment Project. Trent appears courtesy of the Visiting Artists Program of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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Jing Min Chia – who goes by Jeamme, which is pronounced Jamie, a name her mother created – is a Malaysian who loves to eat, cook, write about food and ponder about everything related to food. She reads the BBC, Nature and The Economist like its no tomorrow because she believes it is theoretically possible – and important – to understand how the world actually works. At Sarah Lawrence College she studies Economics, Anthropology, French, Agriculture, Development, plus a medley of sciences and tries to convince her mother that the combination is a good idea.

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