Hartwick to Screen ‘Affluenza’ Documentary

September 10, 2010

Hartwick College invites the public to join in kicking off the 2010-11 campus theme, "Consumption," with a free film screening of the PBS documentary "Affluenza" on Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Last year, Americans, who make up only five percent of the world's population, used nearly a third of its resources and produced almost half of its hazardous waste. Add overwork, personal stress, the erosion of family and community, skyrocketing debt, and the growing gap between rich and poor, and it's easy to understand why some people say that the American Dream is no bargain. Many are opting out of the consumer chase, redefining the Dream, and making "voluntary simplicity" one of the top 10 trends of our time.

"Affluenza" travels across the country to show you men and women who are working and shopping less, spending more time with friends and family, volunteering in their communities, and enjoying their lives more.

Following the film, join members of the Consumption Campus Theme Committee for an open discussion of issues relating to consumption and campus sustainability.

For more information, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs at the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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