By Abby Wargo
Student Life Editor
On April 4, the English, music, sociology, and theatre and dance departments collaborated to screen and discuss the film “1984” in Norman James Theatre.
The event, which was held in support of the National Endowment for Arts and Humanities, was replicated at many colleges and universities across the U.S..
“[The film] has a renewed importance and interest in 2017 since the arts and humanities programs in schools are on the chopping block in the federal budget,” Dr. Erin Anderson, associate professor and chair of the sociology department, said.
Dr. Michele Volansky, chair and associate professor of the department of theatre and dance, said, “The novel of the same name written by George Orwell has reached number one on the Amazon bestsellers list in recent months, and sales have skyrocketed following the introduction of ‘alternative facts’.”
The film and novel, set in in a dystopian Britain in the year 1984, follows protagonist Winston Smith on his rebellious journey against the oppressive government regime known as the Party.
The date of the screening was significant because that is the same day Winston begins writing in his journal about his plans to rebel against the government.
Amidst a myriad of technical difficulties, the screening was eventually relocated to Smith 222 along with the post-movie discussion.
The audience was filled with community members and students.