On Friday, April 24th, 2:00-4:00, in 1309 Centennial Hall, the English Department is sponsoring a showing of the first part of the award-winning documentary The Ister by David Barison and Daniel Ross. Described by reviewers as "A probing, evasive meditation on time, culture and change, images and actions" (Film Comment), "An impressive philosophical exercise and a meditative work of cinematic beauty" (BBC), and as one of the best films of 2006 (Variety), The Ister takes viewers on a thought-filled journey down the Danube River. Mixing images of nature and interviews with philosophers, archaeologists, architects, historians, and writers, the film examines the relationship between literature, ecology, memory, history, writing, archaeology, and the future in order to ask the question of what makes us human in the era of technology. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including Dr. Bradley Butterfield, Dr. Kimberly DeFazio, Dr. David Hart, Dr. Bryan Kopp, and Dr. Robert Wilkie. The event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.