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10th Annual International Policy Conference

Wednesday and Thursday, October 18-19, 2017

Gordinier Hall, Millersville University


The national and international debate on immigration continues to be one of the most polarizing and important issues of our day.  It is our hope that through this conference, our campus community is better equipped to understand and confront the individual and collective challenges we face on all fronts of the global migration crisis. From economics, to science, to security and human rights, each has an important role in accurately framing the issues and effectively shaping the policy prescriptions.

We invite our faculty, staff, students, and the Millersville community to join us for this two-day discussion!

  Please consider adding the event to your calendar and fall course syllabi.


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Oil & Water

October 12 / The Ware Center

42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603


For the second consecutive year Millersville University has been selected by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation as one of only 9 sites to host the On Screen/In Person program which brings new award-winning independent documentaries AND their filmmakers to American communities.   The next film in the series, OIL & WATER, may be of interest to you, your friends and colleagues, and we are hoping that you will share this information with them.  

The film will be featured at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster on the evening of Thursday, October 12, but it does not stand alone.  We will begin the evening with a pre-screening panel discussion at 6:15 pm.  The film will be shown at 7:00 pm, and it will be followed by a talk-back with its director FRANCINE STRICKWERDA and, via Skype, one of the film’s two main characters, DAVID PORITZ

The pre-screening panelists include:


            Andrea Campbell, Board Member, Lancaster County Conservancy

            Dr. Nadine Garner, Director of the Center for Sustainability and Associate Professor

                        of Psychology, Millersville University      

            Dr. Eric Hirsch, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, F&M College  

            Mary Ann Schlegel, Naturalist, Lancaster County Parks 

            Chris Steuer, Sustainability Manager, Millersville University  


Dr. Amory Lovins – physicist, environmental scientist, and founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute

And here is a description of the film:


 Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world's worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while American David goes to Ecuador to launch the world's first company to certify oil as "fair trade." Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

When Hugo Lucitante was 10 years old, his tribe made a desperate decision. Fearing extinction, they sent Hugo to be educated in the U.S., in hopes that he would return to lead them into a better future. A decade later, we follow Hugo as he returns to the Ecuadorian Amazon to meet his destiny, armed only with a high school diploma.

David Poritz was just a sixth-grader when he learned of the oil disaster in Hugo's homeland. With the blessing of his mother, David started a humanitarian project that led him away from his home in Amherst, Massachusetts to spend much of his youth in the Amazon. While still a college student, David launches the world's first international company to certify oil as "fair trade," meaning that it is drilled in a safer and more ethical way. He and his seven employees are in the process of certifying their first customer, Petroamazonas, the state-controlled oil company of Ecuador.

Can Hugo become the leader his tribe so urgently wants him to be? Will David clean up one of the world's dirtiest industries? Oil & Water is an intimate portrait of two young people finding their voices and beating incredible odds.


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For Tickets or 717-871-7600

$7 Adults / $5 Students & Seniors

We are also happy to offer a limited number of FREE TICKETS for school groups or those with financial need.  For free tickets contact