The Great Falls Public Library is partnering with University of Great Falls to present a five-part series of lectures and discussions in September and October. These programs are free and open to the public and will be held at the library. The schedule follows:
Thursday, September 15, 7:00 pm
Applying Psychology to Life: what a drooling dog taught us about advertising, phobias, and more with Associate Professor of Psychology Robert Packer
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 pm
What’s Chaucer Got to Do with It? with Joseph Nelson, Professor of English
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Go Figure: Metaphor and Figurative Language in Poetry, Prose, and Politics
With Professor of English Curt Bobbitt
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 pm
It Didn’t Happen That Way! History and Theatrical “Truth”
with Michael Gilboe, Director of Performing Arts
Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm
The Foundations of Spirituality with Dan McGuire, Professor of Theology
Foreign & Independent Film Series
The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series continues on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm. and Saturday, November 5, at 2:00 pm.
Films will be shown each month on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday. The series, which runs September through May, is free and open to the public. Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations. They are not rated by MPAA but in our brochures we have tried to indicate content. Brochures are available at the library.
November’s selection, a 2016 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Theeb, is from Jordan, the UK, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire in 1916, Hussein raises his young brother, Theeb (Wolf), in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast desert. The arrival of a British Army officer looking for a guide to lead him through dangerous terrain riddled with mercenaries, revolutionaries, and outcast raiders interrupts their quiet existence and initiates an adventure beyond Theeb’s imagination. This film does contain some violence.
The featured short is Waves ’98.
The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month. These discussions, sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. You may attend any and all of the discussions. Books are available at the library three weeks prior to each meeting. You will need a library card to check a book out whether you attend the discussion or just read the book. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
November’s selection is Out of Egypt by Andre Aciman. Aciman presents a rich and captivating portrait of a Jewish family from cosmopolitan Alexandria, Egypt. From their arrival there at the turn of the 19th century until their departure three generations later, the members of Aciman's clan experienced adventures and harrowing disappointments. Their stories are in many ways similar to those of other Jewish families in vanishing communities throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With this memoir, the author in part redeems the social life, customs, and history of a community that barely exists today amid an inhospitable milieu, due to political turmoil in close and remote lands. This is not simply another nostalgic account but a well-written and touching depiction of life in a community that has almost ceased to be.
Native American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month, which is held in November of each year, is being celebrated at the Great Falls Public Library on Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm. That evening the library is hosting Native American student dancers, drummers, and singers performing traditional dances and songs in full regalia. Dancers range in age from five to mid-teens. This program is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.