SALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury Film Society, in partnership with Salisbury University, celebrates Dr. Maarten Pereboom’s new book, History and Film: Moving Pictures and the Study of the Past, with a film screening, discussion and signing Wednesday, April 28, in Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 153.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. a with welcome by Dr. Jody Morrison, SU communication arts faculty and president of the Salisbury Film Society, followed by a screening of the 2008 French film The Class, directed by Laurent Cantet. Based on the novel Entre les murs, a semi-autobiographical account of author François Bégaudeau’s experiences as a language and literature teacher of “problem children” in an inner city school in Paris, the film reflects the ethnic diversity of 21st century France.
Nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film, The Class won the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or Award. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis called it “an artful, intelligent movie.” The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Entertainment Weekly and others named it among their top 10 movies of 2008.
Pereboom, dean of SU’s Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, and past president and current board member of the Salisbury Film Society, is no stranger to history or movies. It was only a matter of time before his two interests intertwined.
He earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1991, specializing in 20th century international relations. From there he pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1994, he became a member of SU’s history faculty. His 1995 book, Democracies at the Turning Point: Britain and the End of the Postwar Order, 1928-1933, won the prestigious Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award.
His latest book is published by Pearson/Prentice Hall. A reception follows the film and discussion. The presentation is part of SU’s Multicultural Festival Day celebration.
Sponsored by the Salisbury Film Society; SU Communication Arts, History, Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Sociology departments; Cultural Affairs and Multicultural Student Services offices; and Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, admission is free and the public is invited.
For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.