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Sunday, March 9 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Inverted Mirror

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What do you have in common with chemical weapons? How can an institution like the OPCW address you, the public? By turning the mirror towards you. When Chrétien Schouteten, a chemistry teacher, contacted me about his lifetime of effort to teach ethics to his students, I immediately saw an opportunity to make a film by telling a story for an audience. As Chrétien is an everyday person, there was a chance that many would identify with him. He gave me an opportunity to turn the mirror, for the audience to see itself. When, as it is often the case, the mirror remains turned towards the institution, it acts like a barrier, most people simply cannot relate to it. Instead, institutional filmmaking can be a powerful way for an international organization to engage dialog with world citizens. 

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Peter Sawczak

Head of Government Relations and Political Affairs, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Dr Sawczak is Head of Government Relations and Political Affairs at the OPCW. He previously served in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as an adviser on international security and arms control issues to the Minister and on diplomatic postings to Washington, Brussels and Moscow. He holds a PhD in Russian literature from Monash University.

Sunday March 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Music Bldg: Sateren Auditorium Augsburg College

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