Filmmaker to speak on ‘Poverty, Prayer and the Power of Film’ Sept. 29 St. Thomas Newsroom September 21, 2009 Filmmaker to speak on ‘Poverty, Prayer and the Power of Film’ Sept. 29Documentary filmmaker and award-winning author Gerard Straub will speak on “Poverty and Prayer and the Power of Film” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.Gerard StraubThis free event is open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. A simple lunch of soup and bread will be provided at 11:30 a.m. for those who register with Katie, (651) 962-6800, by Wednesday, Sept. 23. Straub will speak from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Registration is not required to attend just the presentation.Straub left a life of privilege to create a ministry using the power of film to serve people living in poverty. He will share his conversion story and clips from his many films and reflect on the necessity of a deeply prayerful spirituality for confronting poverty.He has written and directed 13 documentary films, three of which have aired on many PBS television stations. Straub explores how film transforms people’s hearts and sheds light on poverty and its crushing impact in both human and spiritual dimensions.This event is co-sponsored by Service-Learning, CILCE, Campus Ministry, the UST School of Law’s Community Justice Project, International Education, the Center for Catholic Studies’ John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, Justice and Peace Studies, Sacred Arts Festival, Social Work and Theology.For more information, call Barb Baker, service-learning program manager, (651) 962-5380. Visit Straub’s Web site for more information about his work.