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The Other Side of Hope, a film by Aki Kaurismäki

UMass Lowell's International Film Series

UMass Lowell’s International Film Series continues with a screening of Finnish director, Aki Kaurismäki's "The Other Side of Hope" on Thursday 3/21, 6:00 PM, O'Leary Library, Room 222.  

"The Other Side of Hope", a wry, melancholic comedy, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. 

As deadpan as the best of the director's work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

Professor Thomas Hersey of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will lead the conversation.

The film is free to the campus community. 

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. 
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. The Library Book showcases the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; and delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world.

It wasn't that time stopped in the library. It was as if it were captured here, collected here, and in all libraries--and not only my time, my life, but all human time as well.  In the library, time is dammed up--not just stopped but saved. The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.  (from The Library Book by Susan Orlean)
Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan Grawe

Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan D. Grawe

Higher education faces a looming demographic storm. Decades-long patterns in fertility, migration, and immigration persistently nudge the country toward the Hispanic Southwest. 

As a result, the Northeast and Midwest—traditional higher education strongholds—expect to lose 5 percent of their college-aged populations between now and the mid-2020s. 

Furthermore, and in response to the Great Recession, child-bearing has plummeted. In 2026, when the front edge of this birth dearth reaches college campuses, the number of college-aged students will drop almost 15 percent in just 5 years. 

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