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The Public Square presents a post-screening featuring the film’s director and experts oncommunity conversation and organizing in Africa.

CHICAGO – Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and its partners for ascreening of the acclaimed documentary Milkingthe Rhino on Sunday, March 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History (740E. 56th Place, Chicago). Thisprogram is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can bemade by emailing or by calling 312.422.5580.

Milking the Rhino offers a complex and intimateportrait of rural Africans at the forefront of community-based conservation. Africa is emerging from a history of "white man conservation"that displaced indigenous people, banned subsistence hunting, and fueledresentment. Now, a revolution in grassroots wildlife conservation is turningpoachers into protectors. Change, however, is not easy, and Milkingthe Rhino reveals the high stakes obstacles facing community conservationtoday.

Afterthe film, there will be a discussion focusing on community conservation andorganizing in Africa. The panelists are:

  • Elizabeth Chadri, Program Officer, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Jane Kimondo, Program Director, Crossroads Fund (moderator)
  • David E. Simpson, Director of Milking the Rhino
  • James Thindwa, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice

This program is presented in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History, Kartemquin Films, the Centerfor the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at The University of Chicago, theCivic Knowledge Project at The University of Chicago, the Program on GlobalImpact at The University of Chicago, and The United Kenyans of Chicago.


ThePublic Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fostersdebate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and politicalissues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatorydemocracy by creating space for public conversations.

Thisprogram is part of The Public Square’s "Civic Cinema" series. An exhilaratingseries of films, forums, and conversations, "Civic Cinema" uses the most exceptionally creative and engaging documentaryfilms of our times to help communities talk about pressing social issues. More information about The Public Square isavailable at


The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is anonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital partof the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment forthe Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations thatpromote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in thehumanities by all Illinoisans,regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, orgeographic location. The IHC is supportedby state, federal, and private funds.


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