News Links for Jan 22


In news, from, A Brooklyn man is accusing police of a hate crime after being brutally beaten while offices shouted LGBTQ slurs.

In Brooklyn, a group of demonstrators marched to the police precinct in the neighborhood of Crown Heights to demand justice in the case of Jabbar Campbell, an African-American man who has accused officers from the New York City Police Department of a hate crime. Campbell says he was hosting a party for gay and lesbian friends at his home earlier this month when he was confronted by police. Surveillance footage from Campbell’s apartment shows officers tampering with and turning around the camera monitoring his doorstep. Moments later, Campbell says he was brutally beaten and called anti-LGBT slurs. On Monday, Campbell address supporters outside the precinct.

The BBC has put up an article about women struggling in Hollywood.

Only 9% of directors of the top 250 grossing Hollywood films in 2012 were women, a study has found.Despite the low figure, it is a 4% increase from 2011’s numbers, the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film said.The research found women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers and editors.It also showed women were more likely to work in the documentary, drama and animated film genres.The Centre has been conducting the industry survey for more than a decade to track trends.The number of female producers has held steady at 25% for the past two years, while female writers rose to 15%, up from a low of 10% in 2006.The number of female editors between 1998-2012 has remained fairly constant in the 20%-21% range. Cinematographers have fluctuated between 2%-4%, although figures for 2012 were on the low end of the range.No women have made it onto the shortlist for best director at this year’s Oscars, while Zero Dark Thirty is the only best picture nominee to have been directed by a woman – Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow.

From the Edmonton Journal, a Calgary psychiatrist has been charged after molesting 9 patients who were court order to see him.

Edmonton Events

International Week is fast approaching, and this looks awesome:

Sheryl WuDunn
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Thursday, January 31, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science 1-430

The greatest resource in the world today isn’t oil or gold or wind—it’s women. There is growing evidence that one of the simplest and most effective ways to alleviate poverty is to educate girls. Empower girls with knowledge, and help them develop some financial independence—it integrates them into the local economy, and connects them to the world. Girls aren’t problems or victims, and their ingenuity and courage is beginning to spread with many helping hands from the West.

Sheryl WuDunn is co-author of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, a book that has become a worldwide bestseller. WuDunn’s career spans investment banking for Goldman Sachs, strategic planning for the New York Times, and serving as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Beijing. She is the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, awarded for her reportage on China’s 1989 Democracy Movement.

Sponsored by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation; the Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council, Alberta Teachers’ Association; and the Global Education Program, University of Alberta International


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