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Wilson Presents Award-Winning Documentary about Hate on March 22

Posted: March 7, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – All members of the community are invited to attend a free showing of “Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue for Hope” — a documentary film inspired by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 — and explore answers to the question of why we hate with the film’s director afterward. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
March 2, 2012
CONTACT: Sherri Sadowski
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3125
Email: sherri.sadowski@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – All members of the community are invited to attend a free showing of “Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue for Hope” — a documentary film inspired by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 — and explore answers to the question of why we hate with the film’s director afterward. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium.

Following the 9-11 attacks, director Mike Ramsdell went on a six-year odyssey to explore the reasons people hate. During that time, he worked with unprecedented access to white supremacists; Christian fundamentalists who had an anti-gay agenda; and in the Middle East with Muslim extremists, Palestinians fighting the Intifada, Israeli settlers and soldiers, and U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The product of his research — the 90-minute documentary from Under the Hood Productions — describes how fear is triggered and shapes society. “Anatomy of Hate” explores the emotional and biological reasons people are susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate, while also demonstrating that we are equally capable of overcoming them. Ramsdell juxtaposes interviews with experts in the fields of psychology, neurology and sociology, interspersed with stories of redemption told by former participants in hate ideologies.

The film has received many awards, including the designation of “Best Political Documentary” at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2009 and the “Audience Choice Award” at the Atlanta DocuFest. It also was an official selection for the Boston International Film Festival.

“Hate and prejudice are sneaky things,” said Wilson College Director of Residence Life Sherri Ihle Sadowski, who was instrumental in bringing “Anatomy of Hate” to campus. “It is our responsibility as members of a community to reflect upon and seek to understand our own behaviors, assumptions and contradictions, and to strive to overcome past hurts and misunderstandings.”

The March 22 program is sponsored by Wilson’s dean of the faculty, offices of student development and residence life, the Diversity Team, Women’s Studies Advisory Group and multiple faculty and staff across campus.

For more information, contact Sadowski at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3125, or sherri.sadowski@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: March 7, 2012