Eric Sirotkin, an international human rights attorney who works with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in South Africa and Korea and producer of “Committing Poetry in Times of War” , will present two lectures at Gonzaga University School of Law on Oct. 22.
The film he produced and co-wrote chronicles a high school humanities teacher in New Mexico who was fired for letting his poetry team students express their opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In his first lecture Oct. 22, at noon in Room 143 of the Law School (721 N. Cincinnati St.), Sirotkin will discuss his work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Korea and South Africa.
“These commissions and other peacemaking actions serve as a basis for ‘empathic civilization,’” Sirotkin said in a press release.
Later that same day, at 5 p.m., he will discuss the peace process in Korea; this event will takes place in the Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom.
“This is a 60-year-old conflict, but it holds the key to halt the march toward increased militarization in Asia,” he said in a press release.
The events are free and open to the public.
On Oct. 21, Sirotkin will present a performance piece that incorporates his award-winning film at 7 p.m. at Jones Radiator (120 E. Sprague Ave.). This event also is free and open to the public but is limited to those age 21 and older.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.