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Osheroff Film "Dreams and Nightmares" Screened

UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society Hosts Life-Long Social Activist Abe Osheroff

Free, Public Event Will Include Film Screening

(November 14, 2002)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Nov. 14, 2002 -- Abe Osheroff, a working class intellectual, a radical humanist, and a life-long social activist, will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building at UC Riverside, sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society and the Department of History.

His topic is "War Without End? The Reflections of an Old Soldier and Lifelong Activist." During the presentation he will show the award-winning film "Dreams and Nightmares." The hour-long film uses newsreel footage of the Spanish Civil War and material shot by Osheroff himself in contemporary Spain to tell the tale of Osheroff's life and political views. It has been seen in more than 20 countries, and over 300 American schools and universities.

Emory Elliott, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, said Osheroff offers a particular view of the world that is a valuable part of the diverse group of programs and lectures sponsored by the Center.

At the age of 20, Osheroff was a trade union organizer. He fought in the Spanish Civil War and volunteered for World War II. He worked for Civil Rights in Mississippi in 1964. In 1985, he helped organize a brigade to build a village in Nicaragua. Osheroff has taught at various institutions including Jefferson School of Social Science, UCLA and the University of Washington.

The event is sponsored by the Department of History and the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society, which fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary research, performances and conferences in areas that advance the understanding of human experience.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking costs up to $6 per day. More information is available at 787-3987 or online at

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