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Women’s History Month at Fitchburg State

Posted 03/17/14

Fitchburg State University is observing Women’s History Month in March with a series of film screenings and discussions on campus and in the community. The screenings are free and open to the public.

The first in the series is “Monsoon Wedding” (2001), which will be screened Thursday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. The screening is part of the University’s ongoing Third Thursday film series held each month at the library.

Faculty member Aruna Krishnamurthy (English Studies) will introduce celebrated director Mira Nair’s “Monsoon Wedding,” which tells the story of a stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world who create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.  Krishnamurthy will lead a discussion of the film after the screening.

The Women’s History Month series returns to campus on Monday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. for a screening of Mike Nichols’ classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966). The screening will be held in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. The film, adapted from Edward Albee’s celebrated play, features iconic performances from Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The film will be introduced by faculty members Lisa Gim (English Studies) and Sean Goodlett (Economics, History and Political Science).

The series concludes Monday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. with a screening of Sarah Polley’s award-winning “Stories We Tell” (2012) at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. This powerful and challenging documentary features actor/filmmaker Sarah Polley as she investigates her parents’ past, hoping for closure, but what she discovers calls all of her relationships into question. The film will be introduced by faculty members Mary Baker (Communications Media) and Joseph Moser (English Studies).

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