5:30 PM17:30

Loving - Film Screening and Discussion

In Celeste Ng’s novel, Everything I Never Told You, the Lee’s are a Chinese-American family living in a small town in Ohio during the 1970s. It was only in the 1960s that the Supreme Court outlawed state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

Join us for a screening of the film, Loving, which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, and the landmark Supreme Court case that changed these laws. Following the film, Marcia Ladd and Dr. Kim Cochrane will facilitate a discussion of the film and how the social climate of the 1960s and 1970s affected the Lee family.

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5:00 PM17:00

International Poetry Slam & Potluck

Join us for the 6th annual International Poetry Slam and Potluck in the Falcon Hub at Fitchburg State University. This Community Read event, co-sponsored with the Department of Humanities and the Department of Economics, History and Political Science, celebrates the love of poetry and food – with an international flair.

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3:30 PM15:30

Everything They Never Told You about Immigration Histories and Stories by Dr. Benjamin Railton

Join us for The Community Read's opening event. In Celeste Ng's novel, Everything I Never Told You, a family's secrets are closely tied to themes of immigration and ethnic identity.  As it turns out, much of American immigration history is also far too secret, and in this talk, Professor Ben Railton will share some of the histories and stories that we are never (or hardly ever) told.

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4:00 PM16:00

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

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.

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5:30 PM17:30

Community Read Keynote Talk: An Evening with Denise Kiernan and the Girls of Atomic City

The 2017-18 program's culminating event! Author Denise Kiernan will discuss her book The Girls of Atomic City and answer questions from readers.

--From 5:30 to 6:30, community members and the campus community are invited to meet Ms. Kiernan during a reception and book signing.

--Ms. Kiernan's formal talk will begin at 7:00 pm.

--The location for both the reception and talk will be the Hammond Main Lounge (Hammond Campus Center).

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3:30 PM15:30

"Dr. Strangelove" Screening and Discussion

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.

--The location of the screening will be Ellis White Lecture Hall on the G level of the Hammond Campus Center.

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

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7:00 PM19:00

Dan Gabel and the Abletones Concert!

Come join students and community members for a concert by Glenn Miller-esque swing band Dan Gabel and the Abletones. Trombonist/bandleader Gabel and his 18-piece ensemble will perform tunes from the World War II era specially selected to evoke the music and dance culture that is the backdrop for The Girls of Atomic City.

The location for the concert is the Falcon Hub--on the first floor (street level) of the Hammond Campus Center.

All events are free and open to the public!

***This event is co-sponsored by the Leominster Public Library.***

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"World War II-Era Women of Fitchburg and Leominster" Exhibit

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Designed by FSU Library Archivist Asher Jackson, this exhibit traces the stories of three area women who played active roles in the U.S. World War II effort.

--The exhibit is located on the main floor of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Memorial Library at Fitchburg State and can be viewed any time during regular library hours.

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