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Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Silent Sky
April 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE and THE ASSOCIATION FOR FACULTY WOMEN PRESENT:
WOMEN IN FILM, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS DISCUSSION SERIES
Art Discussion: Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Mary Trotter
Performances: Fridays & Saturdays, March 30 & 31 and April 6 & 7, 2018/ 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinees. Located at the Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall. Tickets on Sale now.
A Special Discussion with:
Mary Trotter, Clinical Assistant Professor, CAS WSU Performing Arts
The Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) as a means for students, faculty and staff to read a book, watch a film, or attend an exhibit or performance for pleasure, rather than what is assigned for classes. This series contributes to the promotion of a diverse and vibrant intellectual community on campus for those interested in women’s issues. It is designed to create a space for women and men to gather and talk about issues important to women through literature, film, and (visual and performing) art.
Participants: You do not have to be a graduate student or be officially affiliated with AFW to attend the meetings. All WSU students, faculty, and staff who are interested in the series are invited to participate.
All PDI events will be available to sites other than Pullman through a web link that will be emailed to you before the event. Please make sure to register on the link below and indicate at which WSU site you are located.
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About Silent Sky
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories.
As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.
Based on the true story of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed—until men claimed credit for them.
Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.