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Constitution Day observance Sept. 17 anchored by “Fahrenheit 451”

Posted 09/11/13

"Fahrenheit 451" movie posterFitchburg State University’s annual observance of Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17 will be marked by a screening of the film “Fahrenheit 451” to be followed by a panel discussion with faculty and students of the issues raised in the film. Admission is free.

The screening will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. The panel discussion will follow, with refreshments to be served after the discussion. Panelists will include faculty members George Bohrer (Communications Media), Joseph Moser (English Studies) and Daniel Sarefield (Economics, History and Political Science) as well as students, who will share perspectives on the film, the novel and the issues it explores.

Constitution Day celebrates the anniversary of the government-defining document’s signing on Sept. 17, 1787.

There will be another screening and discussion of the film on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. Admission is free.

The screenings are part of the month-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451.” Several of Fitchburg’s cultural institutions are collaborating on the project, which will include a performance of Bradbury’s own stage adaptation by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre company on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Weston Auditorium, 353 North St., as well as discussions, readings and art workshops inspired by the text.

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