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Film Screening and Discussion: The Human Face of Lead Poisoning

October 20, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Weaver Auditorium
URI Coastal Institute
1 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Jalen Hayre

Jaylen Hayre, now 22-years-old, suffered severe brain damage after consuming lead paint chips.

Join us for the screening of a powerful short documentary exploring the impact of lead paint poisoning with an intimate look at the challenges that one affected family still faces after twenty years. As part of the University of Rhode Island’s annual Alumni & Family Weekend, the screening and panel discussion will be held on Friday, October 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the Weaver Auditorium located in the Coastal Institute on the URI Kingston campus.

Metcalf Institute, part of the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, is celebrating its 20th year with 20 programs to foster informed public conversations about timely science and environmental issues.

The documentary film first aired on Rhode Island PBS and was produced by filmmaker Kendall Moore, professor of film production and multimedia reporting in the URI Harrington School of Communications and Media and a Metcalf Institute Advisory Board member.

Jaylen Hayre, a victim of lead paint poisoning, and his mother Joanna Ravello; the director of Community and Organizational Development in URI’s Office of Community, Equity and Diversity; will be on hand to answer questions.

Audience members will also have an opportunity to pose questions to a panel of experts following the film, including Nasser Zawia, Ph.D, whose research includes the impact of environmental hazards on the developing brain; Robert McConnell, a Rhode Island-based attorney who has litigated environmental hazard cases; and Moore.

Refreshments will be served.

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