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Torture: Myths and Realities - Part 2

Amnesty International Group 50 of Evanston / Rogers Park (Illinois) presents a program exploring the myths and realities of torture in the contemporary world. Featuring
author Sara Paretsky and a video presentation of Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment.
Sunday April 7, 2 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston.

Author Sara Paretsky will reflect on research she conducted on conditions facing female prisoners in Illinois and other states for her 1999 mystery novel Hard Time, in conjunction with a showing of the video Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment.

This powerful film documents the striking results of an academic psychology experiment in which college student volunteers both staffed and served time in a mock prison. The experiment had to be ended prematurely, providing compelling evidence of the difficulty of controlling human behavior in an authoritarian setting and revealing the importance of robust standards for the treatment of all prisoners.

This program is the second of a four-part series presented by Amnesty International Group 50 of Evanston / Rogers Park (Illinois) exploring the myths and realities of torture in the contemporary world. Amnesty International is presenting these events as part of a campaign to stop the contemporary use of torture, which has been documented in more than 150 countries.

Torture may not be the most pleasant subject to confront, but at a time when our media are reporting on public figures contemplating the sanctioned use of torture by the U.S. government, we owe it to ourselves to learn more and address this issue with accurate information.

All programs will include opportunities for questions and public discussion. The video presentations are appropriate for teenage and older audiences; graphic violence is not depicted.

This event will be held in the large community meeting room on the first floor of the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue in Evanston. The library is close to the Davis el stop and there are several city operated parking lots, a garage, and on-street parking nearby.

Amnesty International is composed of over a million members worldwide working to protect and promote human rights. It is supported solely by donations from individuals and non-governmental institutions.

Local Group 50 of Amnesty International meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:15 p.m. in Parkes Hall, Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Upcoming regular meeting dates fall on April 1, May 6, June 3, and July 1 this year. For more information, call Dan at 773-338-6020.
 
 

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