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Crude Reflections: Exhibition Opening, Discussion, and Reception

Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin, and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest

Photographer Lou Dematteis took his camera into Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest and brought back images of the exquisite beauty of the land and its indigenous peoples. He also brought back a darker perspective—shocking images of the devastating effects of Chevron’s oil extraction practices, both on the environment and on the people who inhabit the region.

In the face of disease, death and the contamination of their land, this exhibit is a document of the Ecuadoran peoples’ frontline fight for environmental justice and heroic struggle to save their rainforest.These powerful images are accompanied by moving first-person testimonies from the peoples of the Amazon.

This exhibition will also include a selection of aerial photographs produced together by Dematteis and environmental activist, artist and educator John Quigley of Spectral Q.

On November 1, the photographers will participate in a discussion led by John Dorsey, Professor of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at LMU, about the global and local implications of their work. Faculty panelists include Shelley Luce, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and Cesare Romano, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. A reception and exhibit viewing, along with an opportunity to meet the photographers, will follow. Copies of the exhibition catalog will also be available for sale and signing.

6:00 p.m.      Exhibit viewing (level 3 atrium)

6:30 p.m.      Photographer / Faculty panel discussion (Von der Ahe Suite)

7:45 p.m.      Exhibit viewing and reception (level 3 atrium)

This event is free and open to the public, and light appetizers and refreshments will be served. The courtesy of an RSVP is requested (below). All library events may be overbooked to ensure seating capacity in the Von der Ahe Suite, therefore seating is not guaranteed, even with an RSVP. We may check the RSVP list on a first-come, first-serve basis until the room is full. Although most events do not sell out, we recommend arriving early to guarantee a seat.

Crude Reflections is a part of the 2012 Bellarmine Forum.
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Von der Ahe Family Suite (library level 3)
Categories: Academic Talk, Exhibit
Registration: Registration has closed.
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