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Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will feature a pair of World War II-focused movies, as well as a documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in its 2019 Political Film Series.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn and sodas will be available for attendees. The film series schedule includes the following:


Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 109

During Women’s History Month, AUM will screen the 2018 documentary by Julie Cohen and Betsy West exploring Justice Ginsburg’s life and career. While the “Notorious RBG” has emerged as a pop cultural icon, her biography may not be as well known. This film chronicles the personal journey of a diminutive, “quiet warrior” in her rise to the nation’s highest court. Faculty member Dr. Theresa Pelfrey will introduce the documentary.

RBG trailer

“Woman in Gold”

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 112

Based on a true story, the 2015 movie starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds will serve as a Holocaust Memorial Day feature. Maria Altman (played by Mirren), with the help of her nephew (played by Reynolds), seeks to regain the portrait of her aunt painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907 and plundered by the Nazis in World War II. In addition to taking on the legal battle to regain the portrait, she also fights to obtain a measure of justice for the death, destruction and art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. Faculty members Dr. Eric Sterling and Dr. Naomi Slipp will introduce the feature.

 Woman in Gold trailer

The Political Film Series is supported by Auburn University at Montgomery’s Office of the Provost and its Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Theatre AUM just returned from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region IV in Spartanburg, SC. Along with intensive training sessions, diverse workshops, and networking opportunities; each student participant received professional feedback as they showcased their work. KCACTF Region IV consists of universities from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southern Virginia and Puerto Rico.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Awards 2019

Regional 1st Place Costume Design
Olivia Tippett
Regional 2nd Place-Costume Design
Karen Licari

National Honorable Mention-Costume Design
Kate Saylor

Making a historic first for Auburn University at Montgomery,
Finalist -Acting
Kodi Robertson with Brittany Vallely
Marcus Godbee
for a scene performed by Amy May, Kate Saylor, and Brittany Vallely

Arts Leadership and Diversity candidates-
Marcus Godbee
Kate Saylor

Dramaturgy nominee-
Karen Licari

Irene Ryan Acting nominees-
Olivia Crutchfield with Brittany Vallely
Amy May with Tony George
Kodi Robertson with Brittany Vallely

Design Exhibition nominees:
Emily Aveldanez
Olivia Crutchfield
Marcus Godbee
Karen Licari
Kate Saylor
Olivia Tippett
Brittany Vallely 

The Kennedy Center American College Theater is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from universities nationwide with a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country.
Among the goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:
To encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs; to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism.

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences would like to congratulate the following faculty for being awarded a Faculty Research Grant-in-Aid. These grants serve to support research for their various projects.

Dr. Lee Farrow, Distinguished Teaching Professor in History and World Languages & Cultures, for her project entitled “Odious and Disagreeable: The Catacazy Affair and the Uneasy Path of Russian-American Relations”

Dr. Hilary Gamble, Assistant Professor of Communication, for her project entitled “T.V. Viewing Study”

Dr. Brett Lehman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, for his project “The Local Legacy: The Impact of the Legacy Museum on Montgomery Residents’ Priorities for Public Schooling”

Dr. Lilian Mina, Assistant Professor in English and Philosophy, for her project entitled “Writing Faculty Access to Technology Professional Development in Public Four-Year Institutions”

Dr. Seth Reno, Associate Professor in English and Philosophy, for his project “Representing the Anthropocene, 1750-1884”

Dr. Michael Simmons, Distinguished Research Professor in History and World Languages & Cultures, for his project entitled “Eusebius of Caesarea’s Understanding of Salvation History”

Congratulations to all on your accomplishment!