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WHAT: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Film Screening and Bluegrass Concert
WHEN:  Film Screening: 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21
Concert: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
West Lawn, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Catholic University will host a screening of the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and a bluegrass concert as part of the university’s First-Year Experience and Orientation Extended programs.

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is loosely based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, which was assigned summer reading for students in the First-Year Experience Program. The 2000 film, starring George Clooney and directed by the Coen brothers, follows the adventures of three chain-gang escapees in 1930s Mississippi.

The next evening, the university will host a concert featuring bluegrass, country and folk music. These genres of music were heavily featured on the film’s soundtrack, which won Album of the Year at the 2002 Grammy Awards. The band Harp and Steel will open the show. Tim Noone, CUA professor of philosophy, is one half of Harp and Steel along with guitarist Kevin Artz. The Hillbilly Gypsies will headline the concert.

The First-Year Experience builds on a strong liberal arts education to enhance learning for the university’s new freshman class. Students are grouped into 18-member “learning communities” in which they take four of their freshman courses together.

Orientation Extended is a continuation of the four-day orientation new students experience when they arrive at CUA. Students attend events over six weeks that help them transition and acclimate to the university.

Both programs are free and open to the public. 

SPONSORS: CUA’s First-Year Experience Program and the Office of Campus Activities
MEDIA: To cover the film screening or concert, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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