March 25, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Filmmaker Jonathan Fein will visit Bucknell University on March 31 and April 1 to screen and discuss his documentary, "Objects and Memory."

The film will be shown Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The documentary film and educational initiative Objects and Memory is about how people respond to history while it is happening and how stories are told through the otherwise ordinary things in homes and museums that are associated with people, places and events.

With narration by Frank Langella and music by Philip Glass, the film was the PBS national prime-time special in commemoration of the seventh anniversary of 9/11.

Fein will discuss the documentary and the project, including segments edited from material not in the film, on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m., also in Gallery Theatre.

Both events, which are free and open to the public, are part of the continuing Meerwarth Sociology and Anthropology series.

"Fein's acclaimed documentary explores how ordinary things become transformed into precious objects," said Alexander Riley, associate professor of sociology at Bucknell. "He asks, 'What are the things in our homes and museums that mean the most to us? How do we preserve the past and speak to the future? What would you save if your house were on fire?'

"His work sheds light on the complex ways in which we remember the past and place ourselves into relations with those no longer here," Riley said.

Contact: Division of Communications



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