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A preview of public events at the University of Minnesota, Morris and elsewhere.

Tournees French Film Festival

"Le Chant des mariees"/"The Wedding Song" will be screened on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Set in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942, The Wedding Song focuses on the friendship between teenagers Nour, a devout Muslim celebrating her engagement to Khaled, and her neighbor Myriam, a secular Jew living with her widowed mother, Tita. Nour's wedding to Khaled must be postponed until he can secure financial stability. Hired as an informer by the Nazis, Khaled will soon threaten to destroy the bonds between the two heroines. The brasher and more independent Myriam finds herself forced into an arranged marriage to a wealthy older man, a union that will enable Tita to pay off the huge fines levied against Jewish residents. Though their lives are certainly circumscribed, Albou's protagonists aren't portrayed as helpless victims; instead, Nour and Myriam are committed to taking control, exercising their own formidable will whenever they can. Just as significantly, "The Wedding Song" pays close attention to the social and cultural spaces women carved out for themselves in restrictive societies, like the hammam spas. In French with English subtitles. For more information, contact Tammy Berberi at berberit@ morris.umn.edu.

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Viola and Piano Recital

Guest Artists Coca Bochonko, viola, and Dr. Shannon Loehrke, piano, will perform works of Darius Milhaud, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Rebecca Clarke in a recital on Saturday, Sept, 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Recital Hall. No admission fee will be charged.

Driggs Lecture

W. J. Rorabaugh, professor of history at the University of Washington, will give the 26th annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, Sept 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The lecture, "Hippies in the 1960s," is free and open to the public. A panel discussion, audience questions, and a reception follow the lecture. At the University of Washington, Rorabaugh teaches 19th Century United States History and United States Social History. His Driggs lecture topic reflects his current research area. He also studies Early Republic Period (1780-1830) social movements, the United States in the 1960s, and alcohol and drug history. He is the author of several books and has served as managing editor of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly and as president of the Alcohol and Drug History Society. Presented by the Division of the Social Sciences and the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association, the endowed Driggs Lecture was created in 1985 by alumni and friends of the late O. Truman Driggs, professor of history, who taught from 1963 until the time of his death in 1989. He served as the Division of the Social Sciences chair from 1968 until 1977. Annually, the lecture brings distinguished visitors to the Morris campus to speak on topics relating to history, the liberal arts, or public affairs. This year, the Driggs Lecture complements the yearlong 2010 Celebration recognizing the University of Minnesota, Morris's 50th birthday and the campus's opening in Sept 1960.

Tournees French Film Festival

"Panique au village"/ "A Town Called Panic" will be shown on Wednesday, Sept 22, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. This 2009 film was directed by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar. The giddy, chaotic pace in Aubier and Patar's first feature, a marvelous fantasia made using meticulously detailed stop-motion animation and a cast of 1,500 plastic-toy figures, never lets up for a second. Seemingly inspired by the manic energy of the Marx brothers and old Warner Bros. cartoons, A Town Called Panic, which originated as a cult-favorite TV show, is ultimately in a class of its own. Its playful, nonstop anarchy is bound to appeal to children and adults alike. For more information, contact Tammy Berberi at berberit@ morris.umn.edu.

Briggs Library Associates guest speaker

Sharon Stewart Reeves '68 will speak on "Memories to Metadata" as the Briggs Library Associates 2010 Fall Event guest speaker on Wednesday, Sept 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte 109. Her 31-year career as a librarian for a prominent daily newspaper demonstrates a passion for researching, collecting, organizing, and preserving history as expressed on the pages of The San Diego Union-Tribune. She will also share memories of Morris.

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