Carleton Civic Engagement Film Series Focuses on Inequality and Health

Feb 4 2009 6:00 pm
Feb 25 2009 7:30 pm

 As a part of its annual Civic Engagement Series, Carleton’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center will screen episodes of the PBS documentary series “Unnatural Causes,” which explores the relation between health and social, economic, and physical factors. The films will be shown from 6 to 7:30 in the Gould Library Athenaeum every Wednesday through February. The screenings, which will each be following by discussion and refreshments, are free and open to the public

The acclaimed seven-part series “Unnatural Causes” is meant to draw attention to the links between income, race, and health outcomes in the United States. According to the films, high incomes are correlated to high life expectancies, with differences appearing between even the upper and middle classes. Minority groups also frequently have health that is poorer than the average. According to executive producer Larry Adelman, “Economic and racial inequality are not abstract concepts but hospitalize and kill even more people than cigarettes. The wages and benefits we're paid, the neighborhoods we live in, the schools we attend, our access to resources and even our tax policies are health issues every bit as critical as diet, smoking and exercise.”

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normal">The Civic Engagement Series is an annual event sponsored by ACT which explores a different social justice theme every year. This year’s theme is “Society and Health: From Northfield to Nation,” and is being marked by with a variety of events beyond these film screenings, including speakers, panel discussions, and fundraisers.

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normal">The screenings, and the broader Civic Engagement Series, is sponsored by the Carleton ACT Center. For further information on this and other ACT Center events, and for disability accommodations, contact acameron@carleton.edu, or call (507) 222-7019.