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Community Read logoThe Girls of Atomic City cover

The Fitchburg State University Community Read Steering Committee, in collaboration with local community partners, is excited to announce that the Community Read selection for the 2017/2018 is The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.

Drawing on new interviews, Kiernan’s non-fiction work tells the stories of women who participated in the Manhattan Project to build the first nuclear bombs; they moved from all over the U.S. to work and live in the top-secret Oak Ridge, Tennessee, “atomic city” created during World War II. For more information on this acclaimed, bestselling book, visit the book's website.

World War II-Era Women of Fitchburg and Leominster

Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Exhibition opening
Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Nov. 8 - Mar. 14 | Exhibit
University Archives | Hammond Hall

Returning to the main campus, librarian and archivist Asher Jackson will introduce an exhibit entitled “World War II-Era Women of Fitchburg and Leominster” in the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. The exhibit in the university archives runs through Wednesday, March 14.

"Dr. Strangelove" Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, Feb. 28| 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ellis White Lecture Hall | Hammond Hall

Made during the height of Cold War nuclear anxiety, writer/director Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) is the quintessential satire of the atomic age.

Fitchburg State Professor of English & Film Studies Joe Moser will give a brief introduction to this unique film comedy and lead post-screening discussion.

Ellis White Lecture Hall is located on the G level of the Hammond Campus Center.

Book Discussion and Brunch

Monday, Mar. 19 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunenburg Council on Aging, 25 Memorial Drive, Lunenburg, MA

Join community members for brunch and an informal book discussion of The Girls of Atomic City.

Fitchburg State professors Emma Downs (Chemistry), Elizabeth Gordon (Earth & Geographic Sciences), and Erin Rehrig (Biology) will lead the discussion.

Fitchburg High School/Fitchburg Public Library film event: "The Atomic Café"

Wednesday, Mar. 21| 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Fitchburg High School, 140 Arn-How Farm Road Fitchburg, MA

This riveting documentary uses archival footage of the atomic age to mine both humor and horror from the age of duck-and-cover drills.

The screening will take place in the FHS Auditorium.

Dr. Kim Cochrane (Fitchburg High School Librarian) and Marcia Ladd (Fitchburg Public Library) will lead post-screening discussion.

Community Read Keynote Address

Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 
5:30 p.m. | reception and book signing
7 p.m.  | Author talk
Main Lounge | Hammond Hall

The Community Read Keynote Address will be given Thursday, March 29, when the campus hosts The Girls of Atomic City author Denise Kiernan. Kiernan will attend a reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m. followed by an author talk at 7 p.m., both in the main lounge of Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.

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