Join us for our 2nd Film, “The Island President”, in our Sense of Place VIII Film Series!

The Island President will be shown this Friday, December 13th at 7:00pm in the Atheneum’s Great Hall! There will be a short Q&A to follow with the UMASS Field Station’s Sarah Oktay.

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Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after 30 years of despotic rule, Nasheed is faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.