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Brent Mickum
Thursday, October 13, at 5 pm
Doherty Hall 2210

Navjot Altaf
Tuesday, October 11, at 6 pm
McConomy Auditorium

Indian environmental artist Navjot Altaf will be visiting campus to present the next installment of the School of Art Lecture Series Tuesday evening at 6 pm in McConomy Auditorium.

Altaf will be at CMU just three days before the Regina Gouger Miller gallery shows off some of her work in ?Groundworks: Environmental Collaboration in Contemporary Art,? a new exhibit opening Friday and running through Dec. 11.

Living and working in Mumbai and Bastar, India, Altaf has spent the last two decades producing sculptures and video art in various installations around the world, according to the online environmental art museum www.greenmuseum.org. Cooperative works with musicians, filmmakers, and craftspeople in the early 1990s also led her to mount a series of interactive projects in Indian villages, including installations surrounding communal water pumps.

?We hope to beautify the public sites where women, children, and men of all ages come for a mundane job, like fetching water, as many as 10 times a day,? Altaf wrote in a statement published on www.greenmuseum.org.

Altaf?s work has previously been displayed in Mumbai, Tel Aviv, D?sseldorf, and London, among other places.

Brent Mickum, the U.S. attorney for three detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will speak about his cases and experience Thursday at 5 pm in Doherty Hall 2210.

A senior litigation division partner at Keller and Heckman law firm in Washington, D.C., Mickum has been working pro bono on the Guantanamo case with the Center for Constitutional Rights since March 2004.
He initially became interested in the situation of prisoners at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba, which he called ?an important moral benchmark for the country,? from reading Supreme Court decisions. ?My father clerked for the Supreme Court, and as a consequence I?ve always been interested in the Supreme Court and have always followed it,? Mickum said.

Of the three detainees he represents, one ? British citizen Martin Mubanga ? has been freed. The other two ? British residents Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil el-Banna ? are among the estimated 540 prisoners still in Cuba. ?I can tell you ? and I?ve seen all the evidence to date ? they?re innocent,? Mickum said.

Mickum?s work at Guantanamo and other issues surrounding the U.S.? treatment of detainees will be the topic of his lecture Thursday, which will discuss ?what my experiences have been, what I?ve seen, what I?ve heard, and what I?m doing,? he said. ?If nothing else, my talk should generate some interest in what?s going on.?

The lecture is being sponsored by AB Political Speakers, part of the CMU Activities Board.