'Pray the Devil Back to Hell' to be shown twice

The Luann Dummer Center for Women will host two film showings of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” in preparation for the March Women’s History Month Lecture by Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

The uplifting film was recommended by Robinson as a good example of global women’s rights. It will be shown in lieu of a book discussion.

The film will be shown:

  • Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in 3M Auditorium
    Room 150, Owens Science Hall
    (60-minute version)
  • 3-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Luann Dummer Center for Women
    Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center
    (72-minute version)

A discussion will follow the showings. Both are free and open to the public. Choose either showing; registration is not required.

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is the gripping account of a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war. Thousands of women who are ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters – both Christian and Muslim – came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the presidential palace.

Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks.

Robinson will speak on “The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Women and Children” for the Women’s History Month Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. A reception will follow the lecture.