On Thursday, Oct 11 at 7pm, West Orange Library will screen, Poet of Poverty, a documentary film exploring the experience of poverty in Camden through the writings of a resident Catholic priest, Father Michael Doyle. Doyle argues that the City of Camden has, over time, become home to sewage, trash, and scrap metal processing facilities, and used as a dumping ground by the surrounding suburban communities. The public is invited to attend this engaging community event, which will explore important policy issues with local impact. A post-screening discussion based on the historical, cultural, and ethical themes and questions raised by the film will follow, facilitated by James Blaine, lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a participant in Face to Face: Community Conversations, a program of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, West Orange Public Library will be able to offer this event at no cost to participants. Throughout the year, libraries across the state will be offering similar programs. For more information on this program or NJCH’s Face to Face program, visit www.wopl.org or www.njch.org/facetoface.html.