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Community Read of “Maus” continues in March

Posted 02/28/20

Cover of Maus by Art SpiegelmanFitchburg State’s Community Read of the acclaimed graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman continues this semester with discussions and film screenings, as well as a talk with the author himself in April.

Maus is the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and his son, a cartoonist, who tries to come to terms with his father, his father’s terrifying story, and history itself.

The spring events begin with a book discussion and brunch at 10 a.m. Monday, March 16 at the Lunenburg Senior Center, 25 Memorial Drive. Visitors are asked to RSVP by calling 978.582.4166.

The series continues with a screening of the documentary Breaking the Silence: The Generation after the Holocaust at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. The documentary features interviews with adult children of Holocaust survivors as they share their memories of growing up with parents who could not recount their years in Nazi camps.

The programs return to campus with an interdisciplinary panel discussion of rising nationalism around the world at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 30 in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. Professors Eric Budd, Kate Jewell, Ben Lieberman, and Ben Railton will discuss competing visions of the nation, and who belongs to the nation historically, and today. The panelists will explore the political and socio-economic significance of rising nationalism and globalization, both at home and abroad.

The series will continue in April with presentations by Spiegelman himself. At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, the author will speak at Mount Wachusett Community College as part of the Humanities Project Series. This is a free event and open to the public but advanced reservations are required. Tickets can be reserved starting Feb. 28 by visiting the Mount Wachusett Community College website. Fitchburg State will be streaming the talk in the Falcon Hub at Hammond Hall for those who cannot attend the event in person at Mount Wachusett.

Spiegelman will visit the Fitchburg State campus in person on Friday, April 17, meeting with a group of invited students from Fitchburg State and surrounding schools.

Keep up to date on all Community Read events by visiting the Fitchburg Community Read website.

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