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Matheson to give presentation about WITNESS human rights organization March 2

February 17, 2011

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Kelly Matheson, a graduate of Montana State University's Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program, and program manager for the international human rights organization WITNESS, will give a presentation about WITNESS at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at MSU's Procrastinator Theater.

Matheson's presentation, "See It. Film It. Change It: Using Video to Protect Human Rights Globally," will be free and open to the public. The Procrastinator Theater is located on the east side of MSU's Strand Union Building.

Matheson's presentation will include a video tour of how WITNESS and its partners work to protect human rights globally. Founded 18 year ago by the musician Peter Gabriel, WITNESS is an international human rights organization that uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. It also empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. WITNESS does this by partnering with grassroots organizations around the world to bring the power of video into their existing campaigns and advance human rights causes around the world.

Examples of the videos include collaborations that have helped shed light on murders of women in Mexico, prosecute recruiters of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and pass the first U.S. law protecting elders from abuse.

Matheson graduated from the MSU Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program with an MFA in 2009. While at MSU, she also received a Fulbright to the Republic of Congo and received a prestigious Telly award for her film about pilots who fly volunteer conservation missions in North and Central America.

Matheson's lecture is sponsored by the Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program of the School of Film and Photography, MSU Diversity Awareness and Native American Studies.

Bob Cruz (406) 994-5884,