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Drake to feature film on impact of pesticides on environment

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

On the heels of Women’s History Month and in celebration
of Earth Day, Drake University will show the film — “A Sense of
Wonder” — on Monday, April 13.

The film, which is free and open to the public, will be
shown from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theatre in Olmsted Center, 2875 University
Ave. A brief discussion will follow the film and refreshments will be served.

The film explores writer and scientist Rachel Carson’s
contributions to the environmental movement. Carson wrote “Silent
Spring” in 1962, which brought attention to the dangers of pesticides and
other synthetic chemicals and challenged government practices.  

After the publication of “Silent Spring,” the
United States banned the sale of DDT, a synthetic pesticide. Her research and
argument remains influential today, and she is credited with helping to found
the modern environmental movement.  

The film is shot in the style of a documentary with two
intimate conversations with Carson — portrayed by Kaiulani Lee — based on
Carson’s life and writings.   

The event is sponsored by the Drake departments of Women’s
Studies, History and Environmental Science and Policy, as well as the Drake
Environmental Action League.

For more information, contact Amahia Mallea, visiting
assistant professor of history, at amahia.mallea@drake.edu.