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Global Film Thursday …The Gods Must be Crazy

Join us Thursday night at 7PM in Gibble for our final Global Feel Good film of the 2014-2015 series

Join us Thursday night at 7PM in Gibble for our final Global Feel Good film of the 2014-2015 series

Nearly every scene in The Gods Must Be Crazy is funny and evokes instant laughter and where it doesn’t, Xi livens it up with his innocent smile and candour.

Kalahari bushman Xi (played by genuine bushman N!xau) is as surprised as the rest of his tribe when a Coke bottle, thrown from a passing plane, lands in the middle of their village. This “gift from the gods” proves to be a mixed blessing when the tribesmen fight over it and eventually use it for a weapon. To keep peace in the village, Xi is assigned to take the bottle to “the end of the earth” (actually a lush valley) and throw it back to the gods. Meanwhile, back in urbanized South Africa, Kate Thompson (Sandra Prinsloo) leaves her office job in the city to take a job teaching Kalahari children; once in the wilderness, she finds herself constantly bumping into clumsy microbiologist Andrew Steyn (Marius Weyers). And meanwhile, maniacal Sam Boga (Louw Verwey) is leading a military coup against the government. How do all these various and wildly divergent characters fit together? You’ll have to see The Gods Must be Crazy yourself–if you haven’t seen it already. This Botswanian comedy/melodrama was directed by Jamie Uys, who had helmed dozens of films before Gods and would make many more afterwards. Originally slated for limited domestic distribution in 1982, Gods Must Be Crazy was picked up for American consumption by 20th Century-Fox in 1984. Within a few weeks, “word of mouth” transformed Gods into the biggest foreign box office hit ever released in the U.S. 

The film will screen at 7PM in Gibble – please join us to find out how Xi gets that bottle back to the Gods.

This film is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Office of International Student Services and the High Library.



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Cookie’s in the library

meet our newest librarian!

meet our newest librarian!

Who says college libraries aren’t fun?

Meet our newest librarian!!  Thanks for spending some time with us, Cookie Monster!  We loved your visit, although we’re still sweeping the cookie crumbs off the floor.  Stop by again soon!

Have a great day Etown!

may I help you?

may I help you?

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Priscilla @Etown

1994 doesn't get any better than Priscilla

1994 doesn’t get any better than Priscilla

What does The Matrix, ABBA, 1994 and Australia all have in common? Priscilla Queen of the Desert is driving into Etown this week for the Global Film Festival.

driving into Gibble at 7PM on Thursday

driving into Gibble at 7PM on Thursday

Priscilla is the 1994 feel good movie that delighted international audiences with cheeky over-the-top humor, panache, pathos, winning performances, and fun soundtracks. Priscilla heavily features the music of ABBA (Australia has long had a particular love-affair with the Scandinavian quartet) and stars Hugo Weaving (of Matrix fame), Terence Stamp (of Wall Street, Superman II ) and Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) as three drag queens cut from the cloth of everyday and who take on the road trip of their lives. What we see though through their travels is that sexuality is not a cut-and-dried affair. Underneath it all, we see that these people aren’t much different from those we meet in our daily lives. As one reviewer noted, “A screening of ‘Priscilla’ would do more good than a hundred lectures to high school kids on the acceptance of diversity.

Hope you come and enjoy a great night and a promise that you will leave feeling great!

Movie screens at 7PM in Gibble … and please tell … or better yet… BRING a friend!


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Shakespeare to be or not to be at the High Library

1623 First Folio coming to the High Library in 2016

1623 First Folio coming to the High Library in 2016

Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

Zounds!  The High Library has been selected as the ONLY site in Pennsylvania that will host First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books.  The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

  • Why 2016?  Next year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
  • When will the First Folio arrive on campus?  The First Folio will be on display in the Hess Archives for a four-week period in Fall 2016.  (The Folger will announce the specific touring dates in April.)
  • What else will the exhibition include?  The First Folio’s pages will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet.  The exhibition will also include several panels that explore the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities.  Finally, the High Library will partner with various departments, offices, and affiliates — like the Elizabethtown Public Library — to offer numerous programs and events for the campus and the surrounding community.  Stay tuned for more details!
  • Why is the First Folio important?  Many of Shakespeare’s plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime.  The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays.  It was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death.  Two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations.  Without it, we would not have 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including MacBeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It.  All 18 appear for the first time in print in the First Folio, and would otherwise have been lost.
  • How can I help?  Thank you for your interest in the First Folio Exhibition!  If you have programming ideas, general suggestions, or questions, please contact Louise Hyder-Darlington (hyderl@etown.edu) or Sarah Penniman (pennimans@etown.edu).

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (Exploring the Human Endeavor), and by the generous support of Google.org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.  Sponsorship opportunities of this major exhibition and the Folger’s other Wonder of Will programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death are available.  Learn more at www.folger.edu.

About Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts.  It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500-1750).  The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs–theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures and family programs.  Learn more at www.folger.edu.

About Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark.  Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012.  CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource.  Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects.  Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives.  Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually.  For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries.  The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. ALA’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult and family audiences.  The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries.  Projects include book and film discussion series, literary and cultural programs featuring authors and artists, professional development opportunities and traveling exhibitions.  School, public, academic and special libraries nationwide benefit from the office’s programming initiatives.  Additional information can be found at www.ala.org/programming.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.  Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

Image from the First Folio of Shakespeare. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
For a complete list of the recipients, check out the following Washington Post article



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A night out at the movies… Global Film Thursday!

Come see the Global Feel Good Film "Amelie" Thursday at 7PM in GIbble ...FREE POPCORN

Come see the Global Feel Good Film “Amelie” Thursday at 7PM in GIbble …FREE POPCORN

Need a little down time during studies? The next Global Feel Good Film is Thursday at 7PM in Gibble – “Amelie” is the enchanting story of the French waitress determined to make the lives of others better even while having to deal with her own isolation. You will leave feel wonderful. Plus, FREE POPCORN


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Martin Luther King : week of events Jan 19-23

Elizabethtown College will host events throughout the week of January 19-23 in honor of Dr. King's Legacy of Courage for our World

Elizabethtown College will host events throughout the week of January 19-23 in honor of Dr. King’s Legacy of Courage for our World

Each year Elizabethtown College celebrates the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The events begin on Monday January 19 with our opening lecture by Professor Michael Long , King’s Hero: Jackie Robinson and his quest for first class citizenship at 9AM in the KAV, Brossman Commons.

Please visit the following link to view all of the events which will run throughout MLK week. Please join us in the celebration.

Martin Luther King Week at Elizabethtown College

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Global Film Festival Thursday at 7PM

The Story of the Weeping Camel on January 15 at 7PM in GIbble auditorium

The Story of the Weeping Camel on January 15 at 7PM in GIbble auditorium

Do Camels cry? Find out. Join us this Thursday evening January 15 at 7PM in Gibble auditorium. Located in Esbenshade Hall on the campus of Elizabethtown College, the screening is free and open to the public. The Story of the Weeping Camel is a wonderful tale of family, loyalty, compassion and laughter set in the vastness of the Gobi desert. The Global Film Festival is a joint project between the Office of International Student Services and the High Library. Bringing international film to our community. For additional information on where to find Esbenshade Hall and parking on campus, visit the following link for our college map.