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LOCATION CHANGE: Illinois State University Speaker Series – Patricia Arquette
Actress, writer, and activist Patricia Arquette has spent her career portraying memorable characters in film and on television. Winner of both the Academy Award and the Emmy for her roles in Medium and Boyhood, Arquette has chosen to use her considerable visibility to shine a light on issues and speak for people whose voices are rarely heard. As the keynote speaker for the 2017 Science and Technology Week, she will present “Going Global with Community Sanitation: The Story of Give Love” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Braden Auditorium at the Bone Student Center.
Arquette’s work post-Katrina and then in Haiti after the devastating hurricanes in 2012 led to the creation of Give Love, a skills training organization that is deeply engaged with community-led sanitation projects to treat and compost waste, improve public health, and create jobs around recycling. She is also an executive producer on a new documentary addressing the pay gap, Equal Means Equal, which explores topics such as pregnancy discrimination, female poverty, reproductive health care, and sexual assault.
The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.