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Women’s Studies Film Series

BOONE–The Appalachian State University Women’s Studies Program is showing documentary films on Feb. 26, March 5, 19 and 26 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Each film will be shown in the Linville Falls Room, Plemmons Student Union at 7 p.m.

A discussion leader will lead a question-and-answer period following each showing.

The first film, shown on Feb. 26, is “The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: The Hottentot Venus.” The film follows the life of a Khoikhoi woman taken from South Africa by the British in 1810.

She was exhibited throughout Britain for four years before she died in France as a subject of scientific research.

Dr. Betsy Beaulieu from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies will lead the discussion for this film.

On March 5 “Last Call at Maud’s” will be shown.

This film follows the history of Maud’s, a popular lesbian hangout in San Francisco, which was open from 1940 through 1989.

The film also looks into the struggle for gay and lesbian rights since the 1960s.

Dr. Jill Ehnenn of the Department of English and Dr. Kim Hall of the Department of Philosophy and Religion will lead the discussion.

Next, on March 19, “Beneath the Veil” will be shown.

In the film, journalist Saira Shah travels to Afghanistan to witness the effects the Taliban regime had on women in the country.

A panel discussion will follow this showing.

Panel leaders are Dr. Karen Chancey of the Department of History, Dr. Mana Lichtmann of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and Dr. Andy Koch of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

The final film, shown on March 26, is “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.”

The film shows the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their fight for women’s rights.

Dr. Maggie McFadden of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies will lead the discussion for this film.

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