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Human Rights Audio Doc Award Discussion


Courtney Lewis, Rory Owen Delaney, Andrew Fuller, Chase Iron Eyes

Registration is required for this virtual discussion. A virtual discussion with: Rory Owen Delaney & Andrew Fuller, hosts, and producers of the podcast Leonard: Political Prisoner, led by Duke's Courtney Lewis, Associate Professor in Cultural Anthropology, and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and with special guest, Chase Iron Eyes attorney, activist, and member of the Oglala Lakota and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. Join us for this multilayered discussion with the 2021 winners of the Human Rights Audio Documentary Award as we explore the intersection of recording technologies, activism, and human rights. Leonard: Political Prisoner tells the story of Leonard Peltier, who in 1977 was sentenced to consecutive life sentences for killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Through a mix of archival audio, interviews, and narration, the podcast revisits the facts and irregularities of the case against Peltier, who has spent more than 40 years in federal prison. Told in the wake of the 2020 murder of George Floyd and the world-wide calls for racial justice it inspired, Peltier's account of his mistreatment at the hands of the U.S. government and American legal system takes on a new light. This discussion is sponsored by the Human Rights Archive and the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, along with Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics.


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