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Acclaimed author and filmmaker to speak at IUPUI on forgiveness


 INDIANAPOLIS — World-renowned storyteller and filmmaker Phil Cousineau will speak at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Cousineau will speak on forgiveness in our own lives and around the world, sharing lessons of  common humanity.

The event, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450, is free and open to the public.

Cousineau’s book, “Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement” is IUPUI’s Common Theme book of the year recommended to all students around the 2013-15 theme of civil discourse. It was also recently selected by the Pentagon to be given to all veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

An Academy Award-nominated storyteller and PBS documentarian, Cousineau has more than 30 books and 15 script writing credits. He hosts the Global Spirit Series; has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR and Fox News; and has received more than 35 prestigious international awards.

Cousineau’s films and work bring to light voices that have often been marginalized. His fascination with the art, literature and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.”

The lecture is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Common Theme Project, IUPUI Honors College, the Office for Intergroup Dialogue and Civil Community, the Office of International Affairs, the Equal Opportunity Council and the Office for Women.