The International Film Series Presents I Am David

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Can a young boy survive in the free world after escaping from a Communist concentration camp with few belongings and limited instructions?  This is the challenge for 12 year-old David as he travels across Europe attempting to reach safety and discover his true identity.  Adapted from Anne Holm’s novel North to Freedom, I Am David takes us on a remarkable journey.

Join us for a free showing of I Am David on Thursday February 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Mr. Neil Grimes, Reference Librarian, will lead a discussion following the film.

Directed by Paul Feig, this inspirational drama is in English.

Please contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@ scranton.edu or (570) 941-6330 for reservations.

A TRIP TO THE MOON and THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

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Were you enchanted by the 2011 silent film The Artist?  Did you find your imagination sparked by the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret or the Academy Award winning film Hugo? Then The International Film Series’ presentation of the 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon is for you!

A Trip to the Moon is considered a timeless masterpiece of French filmmaker George Méliès.  The film tells the story of an expedition of astronomers to the moon and the mysteries they discover.  The Extraordinary Voyage, which gives a behind the scenes account of the making of A Trip to the Moon and its restoration, will also be shown.

 Make your own expedition to Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library at 7:00 PM on Thursday November 15, 2012 for this free screening.  Professor Kevin Norris will lead a discussion following the film.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. The film is open to the University community and the public.  Seating is limited so contact Sharon Finnerty at (570) 941-6330 or sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for reservations.  English subtitles are provided for the French language portions of the film.

The International Film Series Presents “Viva Cuba”

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Join us for a presentation of the Cuban drama Viva Cuba at 7 p.m. Thursday October 25, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Dr. Yamile Silva will lead a discussion following the film.

Viva Cuba is described by Film Movement as a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet.  The friendship between two children is threatened by their parents’ differences. Malú is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito’s mother, a poor socialist proud of her family’s social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malú and Jorgito.

Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti Viva Cuba is in Spanish with English subtitles.

This film was chosen in conjunction with the Scranton Reads: One City, One Book project and is open to the University community and the public. Seating is limited so please contact Sharon Finnerty at (570) 941-6330 or finnertys2@scranton.edu for reservations.

Join us for Desk Set

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It’s 1957 and computers are just being introduced into the corporateworld.  When a consultant arrives at the Federal Broadcasting Company and starts asking questions, everyone feels threatened – especially the Reference Department. Will the “electronic brain” make the staff redundant?

Join us for Desk Set on Friday September 21, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library, and see if man, woman or machine is superior!   Free show (including popcorn) at 7 p.m.

This classic American comedy stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in their eighth film together and is presented by the International Film Series (formerly the Foreign Film Series).   Jean Lenville, Assistant Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library, will lead a discussion following the film.

Seating is limited, so please contact Sharon Finnerty at Sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu or (570) 941-6330 for a reservation.

 

Rescheduled Downtime Alert for Alexander Street Press VAST Collection

The originally scheduled maintenance for the Alexander Street Press VAST Collection for Sunday, August 19th, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 22, 2012, between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm EST.

Alexander Street Press apologizes for the short notice and for any inconvenience this may cause.

King of Devil’s Island

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Join us for a presentation of the Norwegian thriller King of Devil’s Island at 7 p.m. Friday May 4, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Dr. Kathryn Meier and Professor Mark Meier will lead a discussion following the film.

Described by Film Movement as the true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway, the movie begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer.  He clashes with the island facility’s governor (Stellan Skarsgård), who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society. Erling slowly rouses the rest of the boys out of their resigned existence, and encourages them to fight to lift their spirits. When tragedy falls at the hand of the cruel dorm master, Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with the Norwegian Army.

Directed by Marius Holst King of Devil’s Island is in Norwegian with English subtitles.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Seating is limited so please contact Sharon Finnerty at (570) 941-6330 or finnertys2@scranton.edu for reservations.

Earth Week 2012

U of S Earth Day Fair 2010

Earth Day 2012: Sunday, April 22nd

Earth Day is only about a week away!  This list of U of S Earth Week events at https://foursquare.com/univofscranton/list/earth-week-events makes it easy to learn what environmentally themed activities are happening on campus starting with tomorrow’s annual Street Sweep.

Included in the list are Library activities like the opening reception for the Environmental Art Show, which will take place Monday at 7pm in the Heritage Room.  As part of this year’s Foursquare Frenzy,  there will be a special prize for the first students who check-in during the reception, and it’s not too late to submit artwork! Just bring in your submissions to the Library by Monday morning.

Want to learn more about how you can go green? Check out resources on sustainability in the Library Catalog or Research Guides.

You can also visit the Media Resources Center to watch one of the top sustainability themed films available at the Library:

  1. The Age of Stupid– DVD- feature film
  2. The Day After Tomorrow –DVD- feature film
  3. Eating Alaska– DVD- documentary/educational film
  4. King Corn-DVD- documentary/educational film
  5. An Inconvenient Truth –DVD- documentary/educational film
  6. No Impact Man-DVD- documentary/educational film
  7. Flow: For Love of Water-DVD – documentary/educational film
  8. Food, Inc. –DVD- documentary/educational film
  9. The 11th Hour– DVD- documentary/educational film
  10. The Great Warming -3 parts VHS- documentary/educational film
  11. Warnings from the Ice VHS- documentary/educational film

The Foreign Film Series Presents Alamar

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Join us for a presentation of the Mexican drama Alamar on Friday March 23, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Professor Kevin Norris will lead a discussion after the film.

Film Movement describes this beautifully scenic family drama as the story of a father and son. Jorge has only a few weeks with his five-year-old son Natan before Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman’s life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea.

Directed by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio this award winning film is in Spanish and Italian with English subtitles.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Seating is limited so please contact Sharon Finnerty at (570) 941-6330 or finnertys2@scranton.edu for reservations.

 

The Foreign Film Series Presents Four Minutes

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The Foreign Film Series presents the award-winning German drama Four Minutes at 7 p.m. on Friday February 10, 2012 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Dr. Monika Moyrer will lead a discussion following the film.

Four Minutes tells the story of two very different women Jenny, a young convicted killer with enormous musical talent, and Traude, an aging music teacher at the women’s prison who is grooming Jenny to perform in a prestigious piano competition.  With powerful performances from Hannah Herzsprung as Jenny and Monica Bleibtreu as Traude is an unforgettable film.

Four Minutes is directed by Chris Kraus and is in German with English subtitles.

This event is open to faculty, staff students and the public.  Seating is limited, so please contact Sharon Finnerty at sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu or (570) 941-6330 for a reservation.

The film begins at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.