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Destiny, a film by Youssef Chahine

Announcing the UMass Lowell International Film Series

UMass Lowell’s International Film Series will debut with a screening of Youssef Chahine’s "Destiny" on Thursday 2/21/19 at 5 p.m. in O’Leary Library Room 222.  

Destiny is a 1997 French-Egyptian film directed by Youssef Chahine. It was screened out of competition at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards.  

Wael Kamal, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will lead the conversation. 

The film is free and open to the community. There will be popcorn!

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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. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” 
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. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?
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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