College of Liberal Arts

Documentary Screening: "What are We Doing Here?"

Thursday Apr 8, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Sid Richardson Hall, Bass Lecture Hall

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is hosting a screening of the documentary film "What Are We Doing Here?" with filmmaker Tim Klein on Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. in Bass Lecture Hall, Admission is free but space is limited. located in the basement of the LBJ School of Public Affairs (Sid Richardson Hall).

"What Are We Doing Here?" is a documentary film that explores why the charity given to Africa over the last five decades has been largely ineffective and often harmful. The film tells the story of Brandon, Nicholas, Daniel and Tim Klein who travel 15,000 miles via public transportation across Africa in an attempt to understand one of the great problems of our time:  the failure to end poverty.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about why aid, development and charity in Africa need to be improved. The panel will include:

Tim Klein, Filmmaker, What Are We Doing Here?

Donna Berber, Philanthropist and Co-founder of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation.

Ambassador Gregory W. Engle (Ret.), Associate Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center, former U.S. Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi, and U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Joshua Busby, assistant professor at the LBJ School and Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service.

The screening is part of the Strauss Center’s International Security Film Series, which screens new and forthcoming documentaries and feature films on topics of global concern, including ethnic conflict and humanitarian intervention.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law engages the best minds in academia, government and the private sector in developing practical solutions to the pressing problems of an increasingly globalized world. For more information on the Strauss Center, please visit



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