An Evening with Kelly Matheson
- Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
Human rights attorney and award-winning filmmaker Kelly Matheson will speak at Montana State University.
Tickets are free and available beginning Jan 22 at local TicketsWest locations and the Bobcat Ticket Office.
A graduate of MSU’s Science and Natural History Filmmaking program who has a part-time home in Bozeman, Matheson currently leads the Video as Evidence program for WITNESS, an organization dedicated to exposing human rights abuses through film across the globe. As head of the program, Matheson teaches filmmaking skills to activists worldwide in order to spark change. She then works to ensure that the videos that activists collect can be used as evidence in courts of law to secure justice.
A former practicing attorney, Matheson has worked on a wide range of human rights issues including Ebola prevention, climate change, the trafficking of children, and war crimes. Through her work, Matheson has helped imprison warlords who utilize child soldiers, expose gender-based violence and ensure elderly Americans are protected under the law. For example, Matheson returned in January after founding a project dedicated to filming and documenting human rights abuses in Ukraine.
Matheson has been awarded a Telly award for her film on pilots who voluntarily fly over threatened islands in Costa Rica, and her work in Brazil was featured in New York Times Magazine.
“Matheson is a powerful beacon of human rights advocacy, shining a light and exposing truths we often do not see,” said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute.
Matheson’s visit is hosted by the MSU Leadership Institute. Additional sponsors include MSU’s Office of the Provost, ASMSU, School of Film and Photography, Science and Natural History Filmmaking Forum, African Society at Montana State University and KGLT.
Free tickets may be obtained at the Bobcat Ticket Office, Rosauers, the AskUs Desk at the SUB, by calling 994-CATS (2287) or (800) 325-7328, and online at www.ticketswest.com. There will be a handling charge per ticket for those ordered over the phone, online or at Rosauers.