February 25th, 2013
Brescia hosts sneek-peek screening before Oscar nominee visits to celebrate International Women’s Day
London, ON –The Circle at Brescia, in collaboration with the BUCSC, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, February 28th when it hosts two screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary Miss Representation. The screenings are a precursor to the arrival of filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom at Brescia on Thursday, March 7th. She will join us in celebrating International Women’s Day.
Newsom will be the keynote speaker in Brescia’s Sophia Series lecture on March 7th. Newsom is a filmmaker and actress and also advocates for women, girls, and their families. In addition to her work on Miss Representation, Newsom was the executive producer for The Invisible War, a film that garnered an Oscar nomination this year in the category of Best Documentary Feature. Director of The Circle at Brescia, Kim Young Milani, says, “We couldn’t more thrilled to have Jennifer with us to help celebrate International Women’s Day. Jennifer shows fearless leadership in her advocacy for women and girls and has an astute ability to articulate not only today’s current gender inequities, but also the long term ramification this has on our society. I cannot think of a more fitting role model for our students and the community at Brescia to engage with, on such an important day for women here and around the world.”
Miss Representation, which will have two screenings on February 28th, examines how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. This will directly relate to Newsom’s talk on March 7th. Immediately following both screenings there will be a 30-minute conversation café hosted by The Circle at Brescia. “The screenings are an opportunity for young women in our own community to reflect on the influence that media has on us as individuals and the choices that we can make to stand up to the stereotypes,” says Young Milani.
The screenings will begin in the St. James Building at 3:00 p.m. in Room 303 and at 7:00 p.m. in Room 136. Admission is by donation only. The Sophia Series lecture on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. will be in the St. James Building Auditorium and admission is $10.00. Tickets are available online. Parking is free for all three events. For more information, visit http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/events/the_sophia_series.html.
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