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Hartwick to Screen Film on Coffee Trade

January 6, 2012

On Thursday, January 12, Hartwick College will present a screening of "Black Gold," a documentary film about the international coffee trade.  The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus.  This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

With an industry worth over $80 billion, coffee is the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. Yet prices paid to coffee farmers are often so low that many farmers have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

Tadesse Meskela is on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

Against the backdrop of Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

This event is sponsored by the Hartwick College 2011-2012 Human Question Campus Theme.  For more information, contact Dan Morse '97, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at morsed@hartwick.edu or 607-431-4666.

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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

Contact: Christopher Lott
E-mail: lottc@hartwick.edu
Phone: 607-431-4030