paris to pittsburgh

ASHLAND -- The National Geographic documentary film “Paris to Pittsburgh” will be shown Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in Ashland University's Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium.

It will be shown as part of the College of Arts & Sciences’ biennial Symposium Against Indifference, focusing on "Liberty and Responsibility."

Co-sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, the free event will also include a panel discussion immediately after the film’s screening with Craig Hovey, director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence; Patricia Saunders, associate professor of biology; and William Vaughan, professor of philosophy.

Premiering last December in the U.S. and airing globally in 172 countries and 43 languages, “Paris to Pittsburgh” brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.

Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future — and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement — the film captures what is at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.

To view the trailer, visit

Spotlighting the cities, states, businesses and citizens taking action, “Paris to Pittsburgh” explores what it describes as social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters, from America’s heartland to the nation’s coastlines.

The film features voices from leaders, as well as everyday Americans, presenting the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, as well as tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including boomtowns formerly reliant on coal, such as Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, led by Mayor Bill Peduto, is now a city committed to energy efficiency and is one of the many examples of bold economic and climate leadership in the film. Other locations featured in the film include Puerto Rico, California, Iowa, Florida and New Jersey.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University inaugurated the Symposium Against Indifference in 2001 as a biennial series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement.

The Symposium seeks to challenge the University community — as well as the wider Ashland community — toward a deeper understanding of difficult issues and toward creative personal and corporate responses.

For more information about the Symposium Against Indifference, visit or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of CAS Communications, at or 419.289.5950.

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