Film Screening & Panel DiscussionThe Last Animals

Presented in concert with Michigan Sustainability Cases and the Michigan Theater Foundation. At this year’s film screening, Galaxy brings you Kate Brooks’ film, The Last Animals, which explores “the conservationists, scientist and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to protect elephants and rhinos.” The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with researchers, conservationists, and community members.

Friday, June 21 at 3:00 PM — Michigan Theater


Kate Brooks, Director

A world-renowned photographer, Kate has chronicled conflict and human rights issues for nearly two decades. Her photographs are regularly published in TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker and Smithsonian. In 2012, Kate was awarded a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan to conduct research for The Last Animals.

Emmanuel Jal, Musician & Ambassador

Emmanuel has helped youth in refugee camps and throughout the shattered school systems of South Sudan to retain focus and ambition amidst suffering. He consults to international organizations and conducts leadership seminars around the world for those, youth and adult, seeking to hone their sense of purpose for their life's work and meet the needs of non traditional or formerly traumatized learners. He has won numerous peace awards for the positive work accomplished not only by his music but also, increasingly, his public speaking and philanthropy. He has released five award nominated studio albums and works alongside Amnesty International as a spokesperson.

Irina Prentice, Encounter Edu

Irina leads communication at, an innovative digital media enhancement service for face-to-face classrooms that brings to life a teaching-as-research approach even for younger and under-resourced learners. She brings 17 years of experience working with the UN and as a journalist covering conflicts, humanitarian crises and current events in the Middle East, USA and Europe.

Bilal Butt, UM School for Environment & Sustainability

Dr. Butt is a people-environment geographer with regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa and technical expertise in geospatial technologies (GPS, GIS & Remote Sensing), ecological monitoring and social-scientific appraisals. He is a faculty affiliate of the African Studies Center and the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program.

John Mitani, UM Anthropology

As a primate behavioral ecologist, John investigates the behavior of our closest living relatives, the apes. His current work involves a large community of wild chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda. Over 39 years, he has conducted fieldwork on the behavior of all five kinds of apes: gibbons and orangutans in Indonesia, gorillas in Rwanda, bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and chimpanzees in Uganda and Tanzania.