FHU Connections Series Set for March 11-16

MARCH 4, 2013

Freed-Hardeman University’s Connections Series, set for March 11-16, will examine “Truth or Dare: The Consequences of Progress.” The week-long series is held every semester. The events are designed to explore the links between distinct courses of study and how they impact an issue of national importance.

This spring’s Connections series will include a dramatic production, documentaries, photography show, collision courses and a service project.

The goals of the program are to provide students with academic activities both inside and outside the classroom, and to provide interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty. This semester’s theme of “Truth or Dare” intends to investigate the consequences, both positive and negative, that result from risk taking and experimentation.

FHU Theatre will present D.W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls” March 14-16 at 7 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Described as “a compelling new drama,” “Radium Girls” is based on actual events in 1920s New Jersey. The real-life “radium girls” were female factory workers who painted watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint. Told the paint was harmless, they ingested deadly amounts of radium by licking their paintbrushes to give them a fine point. Some workers even painted their fingernails and teeth with the substance. The storyline follows Grace Fryer’s journey to court as her fellow radium-exposed factory workers begin to fall ill. Not only does Grace find herself fighting the U.S. Radium Corporation, but her family and friends as well.

Tickets for “Radium Girls” are $12 for general admission and $3 for FHU students. To purchase tickets, visit fhutickets.com or contact the theatre office at 731-989-6938.

Winners of a photography competition for FHU students will have their work displayed in the Crews throughout the week. Photographers are asked to submit an 11x14 or larger image focusing on technological and societal progress while also considering the cost of reaching these goals. Cash prizes are being awarded to the winners.

Tuesday, March 12, will feature “Dueling Documentaries.” This event allows the eye of the filmmaker to provide a context for discussion. Those who attend will watch one of two documentaries that embrace very different points of view on a topic of national interest. After the viewing, both audiences will come together and, under the guidance of moderators, debate the points raised by the filmmakers.

The “Dueling Documentaries” this semester will be “Gas Land” and “Frack Nation.” Both of these explore the impact of “fracking” on the environment. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is the practice of using pressurized liquid to enlarge fractures in a rock layer, simplifying the removal of valuable resources.