Mike Downs Center sponsors Countdown to Zero and reception – 9/17/2010

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Press release from IPFW:

Mike Downs Center Sponsors Countdown to Zero and Reception

(August 26, 2010) – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics is sponsoring a dessert reception and special screening of the film, Countdown to Zero, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. The dessert bar reception begins at 6 p.m. at Artlink, located at 437 E. Berry Street in Fort Wayne. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Cinema Center, located in the same building.

The Web site for the Sundance Film Festival gives this synopsis of the film: “During the cold war, public consciousness fixated on the atomic bomb. Then the cold war ended, and we retreated into denial. In fact, the danger of nuclear annihilation never disappeared; it only swelled. Countdown to Zero sweeps us into a scorching, hypnotic journey around the world to reveal the palpable possibility of nuclear disaster and frame an issue on which human survival itself hangs.

Scientists, world leaders, and security experts, including Valerie Plame herself, expose the absurdities and alarming realities of the situation. The 1990s heralded a second nuclear age. Many countries and terrorist groups are now actively acquiring fissile materials and construction blueprints. The possibility of an accident or miscalculation looms even larger. As the film projects a startling vision, interviews with Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, and Pervez Musharraf yield a unified message: “Our only option is to eradicate every-last nuclear missile. Luckily for us, getting to zero is possible—step by step. Let’s jump-start the change.”

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Checks made out to IP Foundation with “Mike Downs Center” on the memo line will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Mike Downs Center; donations are welcome from those who cannot attend.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Andrew Downs, director of the Downs Center, at (260) 481-6691 or downsa@ipfw.edu.

Learn more about the film:
Official website
On Sundance


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