CHAMPAIGN — The next screening in WILL's Community Cinema series will be "Solar Mamas," a documentary about Barefoot College in India. The free screening and discussion will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Robeson Rooms A & B of the Champaign Public Library.
Barefoot College, founded by Bunker Roy, provides impoverished rural women from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia with a six-month job training program that transforms them into solar engineers. As they learn to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable, the women develop self-confidence and the skills to earn income.
Partnering with Illinois Public Media for the postscreening discussion are the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Illinois and Midstate Renewable Energy.
— Robert Pilawa, assistant professor in the UI College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who has worked on solar power solutions for the developing world.
— Yemaya Bordain, a UI National Science Foundation graduate research fellow and Ford Foundation fellow who researches renewable energy. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers.
— Sophie Leon of the UI Society of Women Engineers.
— Bill Fabian, owner of Midstate Renewable Energy.