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March 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jones Library
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines: Screening and Discussion - On the Same Page Amherst

Thursday, March 15, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This documentary traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Following the screening, Dr. Erica Scharrer will lead a conversation about issues raised in the documentary.

About the speaker:

Erica Scharrer is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Her research interests involve the study of media content, opinions of media, media effects, and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and violence. Her work has appeared in Communication Research, Human Communication Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Media Psychology. She has co-authored three books with first author, George Comstock, including Media and the American Child (Elsevier, 2007) which provides a critical synthesis and review of the children and media literature.

About On the Same Page - Amherst:

The 2018 On the Same Page community reading program features the nonfiction title The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. The entire Amherst community is invited to read the book and participate in the related programs. A variety of programs are being offered to enrich the reading experience of this best-selling title and to encourage dialog about the themes the book presents, particularly feminism, comic books, and superheroes like Wonder Woman herself.

On the Same Page - Amherst is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund, with additional support from Greenfield Savings Bank.