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Provocative Film Among College’s ‘Constitution Week’ Activities

'The End of America'A free showing of “The End of America,” billed as a “chilling indictment of sweeping policy changes” after 9/11, is among this month’s scheduled Constitution Week activities at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Based on The New York Times best-seller by Naomi Wolf, the film alleges that the use of paramilitary groups, secret prisons and the targeted suspension of the rule of law places U.S. democracy under threat. In making a case that is as controversial as it is compelling, Wolf cites parallels between 21st-century America and the rise of dictators and Fascism in once-free societies in urging “regular citizens to take back our legacy of freedom and justice.”

The screening, open to the public and co-hosted by the college’s School of Integrated Studies and Student Activities Office, will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. A question-and-answer session led by Sara R. Hillis, assistant director of student activities for student services and involvement, and featuring William J. Astore, professor of history and a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, will follow.

More information about the movie, directed by award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, is available online .

The observance also is marked by a display in the Bush Campus Center including voter-registration packets, pocket-sized copies of the Constitution and a Town Hall Wall that asks, “Is The Patriot Act unconstitutional?” There also will be a related Quizzo-style trivia game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Penn’s Inn, with prize money for first and second place; and a voter-registration table from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the Keystone Dining Room.

Students who register will receive a dessert from the Student Activities Office, which will mail in all registrations received by Sept. 30.

For more about Constitution Day events and the Student Activities Office, call 570-327-4763. For general information about the college, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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