Tuesday Talkback: The Zookeeper’s Wife

In the most recent Tuesday Talkback, the SteelStacks audience and I considered Niki Caro’s 2017 Holocaust film, The Zookeeper’s Wife.  Based on real events, this movie tells the story of a Polish woman and her husband (Antonina and Jan Zabinski), who run a Warsaw zoo at the dawn of World War II.  When the Nazis…

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Documentary Film Series Inspires Conversations about Migrations: An Interview with Prof. Nicholas Sawicki

Since 2016, The Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative at Lehigh University has offered an annual free film series at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas that brings community members together to discuss innovative and timely cinematic works. This year’s spring series focuses on the theme of migration and gives attendees the opportunity to engage with important issues…

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After Spring: Bethlehem Community Film Series Confronts the Syrian Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday, March 21st, South Side Bethlehem residents packed the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas to view the documentary After Spring. The documentary portrays the five-year odyssey of Syrian refugees settled in and around one of the world’s largest refugee camps in Zaatari, Jordan. Organized through Lehigh University’s MDHI-funded Communities Film Series 2017 with its exigent focus on…

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Artist Spotlight: Emma Ackerman

On February 25th, I spent the early afternoon with Emma Ackerman (née Chong), the playwright and sole performer of “The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff.” The play, which ran from March 2nd through March 12th at the Touchstone Theatre, explores what we consider holy in our lives. Emma elaborates on this conception, explaining…

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