FITCHBURG — The yearlong Community Read of comedian Trevor Noah’s celebrated memoir “Born a Crime” continues with a screening of the allegorical science fiction adventure film at 6 p.m., Thursday.
The screening will be held in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the multiple Oscar-nominated “District 9” is set in South Africa and explores themes of apartheid and discrimination that are also central to Noah’s memoir.
The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Kevin McCarthy from the university’s Communications Media Department.
The Community Read’s spring events also include “Stand Up Nation: Humor and Identity in Multiethnic America,” a virtual conversation with Associate Professor DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld from Fitchburg State’s English Studies Department and University of Wisconsin-Platteville Associate Professor David Gillota. The online event will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Attendees are asked to register online via the Community Read website.
Gillota teaches courses in film, American literature, and composition. He is the author of Ethnic Humor in Multiethnic America (Rutgers University Press, 2013) and is the associate editor at Studies in American Humor.
Bellinger is the author of the novel New to Liberty and the poetry collections Rubbing Elbows and Peculiar Heritage. She teaches creative writing at Fitchburg State and serves on the editorial boards of the Prairie Schooner, Porcupine Literary, Malarkey Books, and West Trestle Review.
Learn more about the Community Read at fitchburgcommunityread.com.