The Big Question

Event Date: Tuesday November 9, 2010
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: Harvard Law School Campus Langdell North (Room 225) Admission is free and pizza will be served

A troubled man bursts into your child’s schoolhouse. Without warning, he chases out all the boys and lines the girls up. Then he begins to shoot them one by one. For decades your people’s backs have been broken by the oppressive yoke of Apartheid. Suddenly, the tables are turned and you and your friends are in power. Your own mother is brutally raped and slain by a random burglar. What would you do? Could you forgive? Should you forgive?

The filmmakers explore The Big Question through astonishing acts of forgiveness, courage and will.

Featuring Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, Sr. Helen Prejean, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Hopi Elders.

Join us afterward for a question and answer session with film executive producer, Frank Desiderio, and PON affiliated professor, Robert Bordone.

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Time: 7:15
Langdell North (Room 225)
Admission is free.
Pizza and drinks will be served.

More about the speakers:

Frank Desiderio, C.S.P., as President of Paulist Productions, executive produced more than twenty-five hours of television documentaries and movies. Fr. Desiderio’s credits include the ABC/Paramount movie Judas which aired on ABC Television. His latest film, “The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness” launched him into a new ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Fr. Desiderio also served as Chairman of the HUMANITAS Prize, which recognizes writers whose work in film and television, not only entertains, but also enriches the viewing public.

Prior to television ministry, he was a parish priest in Los Angeles, director of campus ministry at UCLA, a radio producer for Paulist Communications and director of the Paulist Seminary, St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C. He hold a BA in English from the University of Maryland, an MA in Theology from The Catholic University of America and an MA in Communications Management from The Annenberg School at USC. Currently he is director of the Paulist Center at 5 Park Street in Boston.

His poetry has appeared in various journals and newspapers throughout the US and Canada.

Robert C. Bordone is the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. He teaches several courses at Harvard Law School including the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop and in Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers. As a professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, he works with individual and corporate clients across a spectrum of industries. He specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations. His research interests include the design and implementation of dispute resolution systems, the development of a problem-solving curriculum in law schools, and ADR ethics. Bob is the co-editor of The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Professor Bordone is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in Government and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School where his coursework focused on negotiation, mediation, and dispute resolution. He is a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.


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