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September 30, 2014
by Student - Paul Spino
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Irish Filmmaker Festival – The Boys of St. Columb’s: Weds. 10/1 @ 7pm

The Boys of St. Columb's DVD Cover

The Boys of St. Columb’s DVD Cover

The Boys of St. Columb’s, produced by Kevin McCann, will be shown this Wednesday, October 1st in Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library in the lower level Multimedia Room. The unique film takes place during the 1940’s in Northern Ireland. The film focuses on the 1947 Education Act that enabled children from blue-collar families to enlist in Northern Ireland grammar schools.

Not only does this film give a great sense of the 1940’s historical background of Northern Ireland, but students (and faculty members of course) will find themselves inspired after viewing McCann’s work. In fact, the real-life subjects of the film include a Nobel Prize winner, a singer and songwriter, an Irish ambassador and a bishop.

Filming locations for Boys of St. Columb’s include Brandywell, Londonderry and Dublin, Ireland.

Following the exclusive screening of The Boys of St. Columb’s, Producer Kevin McCann will field questions from the audience.

The Festival is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Festival schedule  with showings at 7 PM is as follows: October 1: Kevin McCann’s The Boys of St. Columb’s; October 8: Lelia Doolan’s Bernadette: A Political Journey; October 15: Connor Montague’s Who Needs Enemies; October 22: Alan Gilsenan’s Eliza Lynch: The Queen of Paraguay

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September 29, 2014
by Brooke Duffy
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Water Focus Film Series: Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 10/2 @ 7 PM

Aguirre Movie PosterWerner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), starring Klaus Kinski, is the next film of Fairfield’s Water Focus Film Series. Critically claimed and popular with art house film enthusiasts, Aguirre is an epic historical adventure film. Spanish conquistadors in South America search for El Dorado, the city of gold, and the Amazon River plays an important role in the characters’ journey (as you will see!).

The movie will take place in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library on October 2 at 7:00 PM. It is free and open to the public. Post-film discussion will be led by Professor David Lerner.

Click here to see the full list of water-theme events, including films, with time and location

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September 22, 2014
by jkremer
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Water Focus Film Series: Florence: Days of Destruction, 9/25 @ 7PM

Florence being flooded in 1966. The Water Focus Film Series continues September 25 with a special screening of Florence: Days of Destruction (Per Firence) at 7:00 PM in the Library Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. This showing is free and open to the public.

Florence (1966) was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and narrated  by Richard Burton. Originally intended to raise awareness of the 1966 flood of the Arno River in Florence, the movie successfully raised funds for relief. Today, the documentary demonstrates both the destructive power of water and the power of humans to rebuild and unite after disaster.

The University of Maryland libraries have lent a digital copy of this very rare film. Professor Shannon Kelley, who arranged this screening, will be leading a discussion after the film.

Click here to see the full list of water-themed events, including films, with time and location  

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September 21, 2014
by jkremer
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Read & Tweet A DANGEROUS Book during Banned Book Week

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Banned Book Week- Sept 21-27, 2014

Join librarians and first year students as we read “dangerous” books during Banned Book Week, Sept 21-27.  We have gathered an extensive collection of  much loved books that have been banned or challenged.  These books are now on the lower level of the library.  Come down and read a banned book. 

We invite the entire University community, as well as the Town of Fairfield to add to a conversation about banned books on Twitter and Instagram!  Join our Fairfield-wide Banned Books Week discussion using #FairfieldBBW.

We think you’ll be surprised by some of the books on display- click here to see.

“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. ”  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

 

 2013 List of Challenged Books from the American Library Association

Out of 307 challenges as reported by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

See past year’s challenges @ http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

 #BannedBooksWeek   #FairfieldBBW

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September 15, 2014
by jkremer
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Constitution Day Films – Wed, 9/17

The “The United States Constitution” and “The Bill of Rights” videos will be shown on September 17, at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Room-101. All students, faculty and staff are invited to see these 50 minutes showings.

The video showing schedule is as follows:

9:00 – 9:50 A.M. The Bill of Rights

10:00 – 10:50 A.M. The United States Constitution

11:00 – 11:50 A.M. The Bill of Rights

12:00 – 12:50 P.M. The United States Constitution

1:00 – 1:50 P.M. The Bill of Rights

2:00 – 2:50 P.M. The United States Constitution

3:00 – 3:50 P.M. The Bill of Rights

4:00 – 4:50 P.M. The United States Constitution

Resources:

Primary Documents in American History – United States Constitution

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