By Allison McCausland
A&E and Online Editor
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, DeSales University’s history program and TV/film department will be joining forces to present the inaugural screening of their Historical Film Series: “Reel” History. The free event is at 7 p.m. in the Air Product Room of the Trexler Library, and features a film screening and discussion centered around a historical theme that students, faculty and those outside the university are welcome to view and participate in. The theme for the 2017-2018 academic year is “Women Making History,” focusing on “ordinary,” and often marginalized people seeking to shape history within their unique circumstances and situations.
The film selected for the fall screening and discussion is 1979’s “Norma Rae,” which chronicles the account of a female textile factory worker who seeks to improve working condition through unionization. Free concessions and a raffle will follow the discussion of the film’s context.
The Historical Film Series Committee, consisting of associate professor of history, Dr. Sarah Nytroe, and assistant professors of TV/film, Michael Wagner and Jared Gordon, began plans for the biannual screenings in spring of 2017, hoping to make the series a regular occurrence on campus. Wagner and Gordon plan to open the evening with an overview of the film’s plot and themes, while Nytroe will lead the post-film discussion on a panel with assistant professor of communication, Dr. Katherine Grasso and assistant professor of TV/film, Esther Duran.