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story.lead_photo.caption Repairs and preservation work continues at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury at Westminster College ahead of this year's Hancock Symposium. Two jam-packed days of lecturing will bring experts to the college to share their insights. Photo by Helen Wilbers / Fulton Sun.

The subject of a current HBO documentary is one of about 20 presenters to speak at Westminster College's Hancock Symposium on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.

Jeremie Loncka, director of prison programming for The Actors' Gang Theatre, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. Loncka is featured in actor and director Tim Robbins' recent HBO documentary, 45 Seconds of Laughter, for their combined effort on the theater project.

The purpose of the project is to develop theatrical techniques intended to unlock human potential and foster self-esteem, empathy and non-violent expression. Loncka has taught acting skills to inmates and directed the program for the last 10 years.

Loncka oversees programming of The Actors' Gang Project in prisons throughout 12 California state prisons, including two re-entry centers and one juvenile facility.

In 2019, Loncka orchestrated California's first arts-based pilot program for correctional officers. He will be joined at Hancock Symposium by Major Bunton and Richard Loya, alumni of The Actors' Gang project.

The documentary is being screened at the 76th International Film Festival in Venice. For more information on the' documentary, visit

The Hancock Symposium is a two-day lecture series designed to bring people of international reputation to campus to lecture on topics that promote understanding of economic, social and cultural issues of international concern. All sessions are free and open to the public. Individuals seeking tickets to the highly anticipated John Findley Green Foundation Lecture, discussed below, currently are being placed on a waiting list.

This year, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Madeline K. Albright, is the keynote Hancock Symposium speaker. Albright will take the stage as the 59th John Findley Green Foundation Lecturer at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Champ Auditorium.

To find out more about Hancock Symposium or to view the complete list of speakers, visit

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