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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.***
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.