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The Mission (1986) A Panel Discussion

Allen Public Library

Listen to a panel of experts discuss the Oscar winning film The Mission (1986) at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15 at the Allen Public Library.  Distinguished academicians will explore the ethics, self-contradictory statements and historical events that were the focus of this thought-provoking film. The Mission is a 1986 British period drama film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th-century South America when indigenous people were being enslaved.  Directed by Roland Joffe, the film stars Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, and Liam Neeson  This free program is live in person and also virtually at allentx.swagit.com  

Panelists include:

Mark Lieberman earned a J.D.at St. Paul de Vincent University College of Law.  Mr. Lieberman led a law team, The Associates Commercial vs Rash, to a Supreme Court victory.

Judy Kumar earned her BA in French Literature, religious and pre-medical studies at University of Virginia. Judy then attended the Harvard Divinity School and earned a Master of Theological Studies.  Next, she garnered a MA and PhD in Sociology at Harvard and studied at Harvard Business School.

Philosophy Professor John O’Connor earned an MA Humanities University of Dallas, MA Philosophy University of Dallas, PhD History of Ideas University of Texas in Dallas and currently is a Professor and at North Central Texas College. 

Bettina Viviano is President/Owner Accelerate Entertainment and movie producer attended the University of California. Demonstrating a history of working in the entertainment industry, Bettina has worked for and with some of Hollywood's best including Steven Spielberg.

Marya Moore is a retired RN and Pastor. She and her husband Dennis are co-founders and lead Vision International, which exists to build foundations for spiritual revival. 

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The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.


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