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Special Collections at the Movies: Take 3



Special Collections is pleased to announce the next film in its new movie series, Reel to Real: Special Collections at the Movies, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Center Theater in the University of Kentucky’s Student Center.


The next film being shown is “Beloved,” starring Oprah Winfrey. The 1998 movie is an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Toni Morrison, which itself is loosely based on the true story of Kentucky slave Margaret Garner, who stood trial for killing her children rather than see them enslaved.


The series explores popular movies through a historically accurate perspective based on primary source materials found in Special Collections. Screenings are free and open to the public, and will be held in Worsham Theater.


The upcoming schedule is:

*Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – “Beloved” (1998)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 7:00 p.m. – “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m. – “Our Day” (1938)


Topics will be relevant to the following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences: African American and Africana Studies, American Studies, Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, Army ROTC (Military Science), Earth & Environmental Sciences, Economics, English, Folklore & Mythology, Gender & Women’s Studies, History, and those in the Center for Applied Energy Research.


Interested faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to assign viewing of the movies for extra credit. Every movie will include a guide to materials that can help students and faculty better utilize Special Collections and archival documents in their research and teaching.


The project is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Libraries. For additional questions, contact Stacie Williams, Learning Lab Manager, Special Collections, at (859) 257-8371 or


*This screening will take place in Center Theater, also in the Student Center.

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