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Clubs and Organizations

By: Artemis Harris

Millersville offers a variety of options for its students to enrich their educational experience. One such option is the multitude of clubs and organizations available. With so many to choose from, the selection has been narrowed down to a few that fit within the realm of English and World Languages.  

This is by no means an extensive list of clubs and organizations within Millersville or the English and World Languages department. For more information on all clubs and organizations within Millersville, visit the Get Involved home page.  

Although clubs and organizations seem to be geared towards undergraduate students, graduate students will find that they not only align with their interests and majors, but also help to afford them opportunities to utilize what Millersville has to offer more fully. Joining allows graduates to gain leadership/mentorship experience, participate in editing/publishing work, event planning/public relations, and so much more that can be applied to future professional endeavors. 

Clubs that fit within the English and World Languages department: 

Film Club  

The Film Club is dedicated to screening films and discussing the topics presented in them and correlating them to larger social issues. Besides screening films they’ve also participated in events such as screenings at Lancaster’s Zoetropolis, and a few years ago took a trip to the Toronto International Film Festival.  

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Craven  

Executive Board: 

  • President: Molly Dorsey 
  • Vice President: Kayla Gold  
  • Secretary: Chris Herr  
  • Treasurer: Lilly Flynn 

The club holds screenings every Monday at 6pm in SMC 18, where they watch pre-selected films and discuss them. Some upcoming films are as follows:  

  • Monday, April 4 – Interstellar 
  • Monday, April 11 – Mulholland Drive 
  • Monday, April 18 – Time Bandits 
  • Monday, April 25 – The Children’s Hour 
  • Monday, May 2 – Tokyo Godfathers 

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information about the Film Club, you can email Molly Dorsey the current club President at or Kayla Gold the current club Vice President at Visit their Get Involved page to join or contact the club directly.  

The Creative Writers Guild 

The Creative Writers Guild is a space for individuals looking to write in a supportive environment and expand their skills. Their goal is to provide students with an outlet and an audience for their writing (poetry, prose, short stories, etc.). The Creative Writers Guild has a very active presence on their Discord channel where they actively offer advice and help with the creative writing process in all its forms.  

Faculty Advisor: Dr. McCollum-Clark 

Executive Board: 

  • President: Joesph McCarrie  
  • Vice President: Artemis Harris 
  • Secretary: Chanlakena 
  • Treasurer: Amelia Cusanno 

The club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 virtually and in person (depending on the needs of its members). For the meetings, weekly prompts are provided followed by a voluntary sharing session and a discussion. Writers of all skill levels and concentrations are invited. 

If you have any questions or would like to join The Creative Writers Guild, visit their Get Involved page to contact them directly or join. You can also join them on their Discord Server or follow them on Instagram for updates on upcoming club meetings and events.  

English Club 

The English Club is currently inactive; however, they are working on getting the club up and running. When the club is in full swing, it provides a welcome environment where lovers of verse and manipulators of language can come together to participate in literary activities, field trips, discussions, and more. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Corkery 

Executive Board:  

  • President: Kevin Nix 
  • Vice President: Jackson Fogel 
  • Secretary: Natalie Flory 
  • Treasurer: Kayla Gold 

The English Club welcomes majors and non-majors, and they plan to host literary themed field trips, events, movie nights, and more.  

If you have any questions, or would like to join the English Club, visit their Get Involved page to contact them directly.  

George Street Press 

George Street Press is not currently active. When George Street Press is active the organization designs, compiles, and edits an annual, professional journal publication of Millersville University student/faculty writings and visual art. This includes poetry, short prose fiction, drama, stylistic nonfiction, painting, drawing, digital designs, and more.  

Faculty Advisor: Dr. McCollum-Clark 

To see current and past editions of George Street Press visit their website 

If you are interested in joining George Street Press, visit the Get Involved page to reach out.  

GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) 

The GSA is an organization located outside of the English and World Languages department. They are an extremely active organization on campus. The GSA strives to make Millersville’s campus safe and welcoming for all. 

The GSA’s mission statement: Provide a safe and comfortable space for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression minorities and their allies to interact without fear of being judged or discriminated against, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.  

Faculty Advisor: Arianna Camel 

Executive Board: 

  • President: Alyssa Straface  
  • Vice President: Bex Shenk 
  • Secretary: Grace Lamont 
  • Treasurer: Sara Smith  
  • Historian: Sara Smigielski  
  • Public Relations: Christina Lewis  

Current events they are planning and hope to have this semester include:  

  • Tie-dyeing event (date TBD in April) 
  • Adoption event partnered with ASIA 

The GSA holds meetings every Wednesday from 6-8 PM in SMC 118. Sometimes they will have meetings on their Discord to play games online, or their events will be on different days at different times depending on availability. They cover visibility and awareness days, either through presentations or a fun activity to learn about its history. 

For more information or to join the GSA, visit their Get Involved page.   

Jill Craven Sabbatical Update

By: Artemis Harris

As students, we tend to not think about the things that happen outside of ourselves or our own personal friendships. It is easy for us to overlook the fact that our professors lead full and fascinating lives outside of their office hours or the podiums in the classroom. We see them as these monolithic figures towering over us with their degrees and high standards, but really, they are just people like we are. They have families, personal and private struggles, and believe it or not, a lot of them are doing research and writing papers similarly to you and me.  

One such professor is Dr. Jill Craven, who was nice enough to allow me to interview her for an update on her sabbatical. This article will give us not only some information on the sabbatical, but also a little information about her to current (or new) students who may not know who she is, since her sabbatical is coming to an end and she will be joining us again in the Fall. This is a great opportunity to get to know a wonderful professor and what she is doing/has done for the English and World Languages Department.  

Dr. Craven started her career at Millersville University in 1999. Her doctoral degree from UNC-Chapel Hill is in Comparative Literature, with a focus on 20th century European and American narratives (both in literature and in film). Dr. Craven was originally hired to teach film at Millersville, and one of her focal areas of study was film; however, it is her hope to teach World Literature before she retires. Dr. Craven has had an illustrious career here at Millersville as she has served 6 years as Chair of the English department and 22 years as its film studies scholar. 

I asked Dr. Craven what she liked to do in her spare time beyond Millersville and was surprised to hear that although Millersville doesn’t offer her a lot of free time, she has been quite busy with the work she is able to do. According to Dr. Craven, given the current situation in the United States, she is fairly addicted to political news and finds herself involved in various social justice concerns. For instance, Dr. Craven’s daughter is dyslexic, and one of her passions is to advocate for better education for students with dyslexia. In fact, one of the projects she has worked on during her sabbatical is writing and advocating for better dyslexia education with 3 new bills that she hopes the PA House will take up. 

Over her sabbatical Dr. Craven also got trained as one of Millersville’s Diversity Education and Inclusion (DEI) Champions and conducted sessions with a team at the local synagogue. Using this immense passion for social justice, she then prepared a presentation for Millersville’s Board of Trustees in December to advocate for fair treatment of all Millersville students when harassment occurs on campus.  

According to Dr. Craven, her original project involved researching CIA records for a Cold War spy. 10 years ago, she went to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for research, but because records are continually declassified (some as recent as the Biden administration), she needed to update that research. Due to Covid, however, NARA’s reading rooms have closed, and now, due to the variants, they are open, but on a limited basis, and by appointment only after screening. 

One of my biggest questions that I wanted answered was about the usage of digital archives and how useful they were, and Dr. Craven answered this masterfully. She explained that while some records that she needed were digitized, many had not been. In the online archive that she had access to, the order of the records (done by the Record Identification Form [RIF] numbers) can be altered, and the documents can also be poorly scanned.  

For her to be able to do the process efficiently, she needed the original documents in their original order. Dr. Craven also required an iPad, which the department did not have funding for. She did submit two FOIA requests directly to the CIA but is awaiting a response. Since they prioritize “mission critical” items, and communicate by mail, the process could take some time. Unfortunately, Covid has caused an unprecedented change to the landscape of what we consider “normal”, and this requires a lot of revision and changes to be made to our plans. 

In the interim, Dr. Craven has taken on additional projects to enhance her teaching. She has been developing her knowledge of old films through the Criterion Channel. Due to not having access to many older movies before streaming services became widespread, she had only been able to read about many historic films, but now, she has been able to experience films like Les Vampires (1915-16), one of the first serial films and predecessors to television shows. She is also filling in subject areas like disability studies with films like The Snake Pit (1948) and 3 Faces of Eve (1957). Dr. Craven has also been studying directors like Joseph Mankiewicz, Ernst Lubitsch, and Elia Kazan to explore patterns in their works and aspects of the studio system while also adding new content by female directors, LGBTQ+ directors, people of color, and non-European artists. 

Dr. Craven shared something with me that I really connected with on a personal level. As she explained, while she was reflecting on the trauma so many have gone through over the last 5 years, she decided to engage with a film called Margaret (2011) that deals with the experiences of trauma. Although the film isn’t a terrific film according to her, it is, “fascinating in its flaws and undercurrents.” Dr. Craven mentioned that she was struggling to write an article about this film as there was so much to say about it.  

Thinking about this film has influenced her teaching pedagogy, and she is looking forward to using what she has learned in her future experiences in the classroom. Moving forward, Dr. Craven wants students to understand not only the texts that they experience in her classes, but also how those texts resonate in their individual presents and futures. To her, it’s not enough for students to understand how a text works or the potential meanings of a narrative; teachers need to explicitly develop why these works are important to individual students and how they can use them to work toward self-actualization, which is important to the role of the humanities. Although this has been a part of Dr. Craven’s pedagogy in the past, she wishes to be much more direct about its application in the future.   

I asked Dr. Craven if there was anything we should be on the lookout for, given her imminent return to Millersville in the Fall. Dr. Craven hopes to develop the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor as well as teach a graduate course on film in the Fall. She also hopes to have the opportunity to teach World Literature II in the future, which she has missed out on teaching for the last two decades. This semester is rather special for Dr. Craven because it will be the first semester (due to various scheduling reasons) she will teach a graduate-only class. She is looking forward to the Film and Theory graduate-only class in the Fall specifically because “Films/videos are all around us, and engaging with them on an analytic level can be amazingly rewarding, especially to explore aspects of life and society with others.” She can’t wait to share insights with the graduate students and to hear their perspectives. 

One additional update that Dr. Craven shared with me after the interview had concluded was that in October of 2021, she had gotten a puppy named Gracie, who she affectionately calls AoC (Agent of Chaos). It is her hope that AoC will be trained well enough to be able to come visit us in the Fall. 

The English and World Languages Department is excited to hear the wonderful developments happening with Dr. Craven’s sabbatical. I am very grateful that she was kind enough to allow me this interview, and we are all looking forward to her return in the Fall. 

Film Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Andrew Ciardullo, one of the attendees of the TIFF 2019 study abroad trip and a double major in English and Communications, wrote a film review about the recently released movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller. Read more below! 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, is a newly released biopic starring Tom Hanks and directed by Marielle Heller. The film is based on the real life story of Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), who was a beloved children’s show host primarily known for his work on the show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and is about Roger’s friendship with award-winning journalist for Esquire magazine Tom Junod, who in the film is named Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys).

The story of the film primarily focuses on Lloyd being tasked to write an article for Esquire profiling Mr. Rogers for their section on real-life heroes. Initially hoping to get enough information on Rogers to write a hit piece, Lloyd somewhat reluctantly accepts the job. However, after meeting Mr. Rogers in person, Lloyd is not only unable to uncover anything negative about Mr. Rogers as a person, but instead slowly but surely starts to understand Mr. Rogers’ philosophies regarding things like kindness and forgiveness. Through his multiple interactions with Mr. Rogers, Lloyd starts to come to terms with his own troubles regarding his own personal and family life, especially in regards to his strained relationship with his father, and the stress he now has having to be a father himself, and learns to become a better person as a result.

As one would probably expect from a film where Tom Hanks portrays Fred Rogers, the film is at its best when Mr. Rogers is the focus. Hanks does a pretty phenomenal job of capturing a lot of the small and subtle details that made Mr. Rogers seem so charming and kind based solely off of his performance. From his soft spoken and gentle voice, to his relaxed posture and body movements, to his absolutely contagious smile, he really captures just how kind and caring Mr. Rogers really was as a person, without over exaggerating it to the point where it becomes cartoonish. This is especially apparent during the scenes in the film where Hanks actually gets to recreate segments from the show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. The way Hanks recreates the show’s intro right at the beginning of the film, complete with the cheery piano music, the model sets, and the iconic red cardigan sweater, had me grinning from ear to ear, especially due to how great of a job the set and costume designers did at recreating the look of the show, even going so far as to shoot those scenes using the show’s traditional 1.33 : 1 aspect ratio.

Whenever the film just showcases how kind, thoughtful, and polite Mr. Rogers really was as a person–whether it be through his show, the way way he interacts with kids, and especially the way he talks to Lloyd to get him to open up about his feelings while also giving him meaningful advice that helps him deal with his problems–the film is basically impossible to hate.

Unfortunately, this only makes up about half of the actual movie. Despite what the film’s marketing may have led you to believe, Mr. Rogers isn’t really the main character of this film, although he does play a big part in it. The film’s main character is actually Lloyd Vogel. Lloyd is the character who gets the most focus and development in the film, and the story is much more focused on how Lloyd’s interactions with Mr. Rogers lead to him becoming a less cynical and more kindhearted person, while also helping him deal with his own family issues, than it is about Mr. Rogers himself. Even when Rogers is on screen, most of the time we as the audience are mainly supposed to be aligned with Lloyd, and view Mr. Rogers from a more detached perspective, with the film sometimes even cutting away from Rogers’ performing segments on the show to show Lloyd’s reactions to watching Mr. Rogers perform.

Unfortunately, the parts of the movie involving Lloyd’s personal issues, while still decently executed, are nowhere near as interesting from either a writing standpoint or a visual standpoint. When the film isn’t recreating segments from the old television show, the film is still generally well shot, but doesn’t really have a unique visual identity to speak of.  There aren’t many creative shots or unique visuals, with admittedly a few exceptions, one in particular being the choice to use model vehicles and sets akin to the old Mr. Rogers show for some of the film’s establishing shots.

The only other sequence that feels stylized is a somewhat bizarre dream sequence that unfortunately feels kind of out of place within the rest of the story. The plot also isn’t much to write home about, as it hits all the beats you would expect in a conventional story about a bitter and cynical man who is more focused on his job than he is on his family, and has to learn about the importance of caring for his family and being a father with the help of a more kind-hearted and emotional mentor figure, whom the main character initially doesn’t like, but grows to understand after getting to know him.

Still, regardless of how conventional the film can be at times, it never feels disingenuous, and the emotional beats do feel earned, even if you can see them coming a mile away. The fact that this story is based on real-life events also helps to make the more conventional plot points a little more acceptable, as it probably wouldn’t have been wise to stray from the actual events the film is based on simply for the sake of making the narrative less conventional. The acting from everyone co-starring with Hanks is also really good, especially when it comes to Chris Cooper’s role as Lloyd’s dad Jerry, even if the main actor Matthew Rhys can sometimes be a little over the top as Lloyd himself.

Overall, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood definitely isn’t a masterpiece, but the movie has heart where it matters.  The movie’s admittedly conventional story is held up by Hank’s great performance; a well-composed and comforting score by Nate Heller that does a great job sounding like the old Mr. Rogers show; and a nice message about forgiveness.  This message about realizing that the most important thing in life is being there for the people you care about, and supporting them through thick and thin, is sometimes really enough.

I’d definitely recommend this film to people who grew up watching, or are simply fans of, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, as they will probably really enjoy this movie and get a lot out of it from that perspective, but for anyone who doesn’t have much of a connection to Mr. Rogers already, I’d probably recommend watching the 2018 documentary about Mr. Rogers titled Won’t You be my Neighbor first, and if you really enjoy that, then I’d also recommend that you give this movie a shot.

Andrew Ciardullo

Spring 2020 Courses: Exploring Technology through Film

Check out this series on upcoming spring 2020 courses! Remember to check in with your adviser for TAP numbers before your registration date

This spring, Professor Tanya Rawal is teaching a course on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Ware Center about the relationships between film, technology and society as they developed during the twentieth century.

Course Attributes:

  • 200-level
  • G1 – Arts & Humanities
  • W – Writing Component
  • Prerequisites: COMM 100 or 100H and ENGL 311 or 312 or 313 or 316 (the Advanced Writing prereq can be waivedby Dr. Craven)
  • Must have off campus transportation (free bus from campus!)

Brave New Worlds: Exploring Technology through Film

The ‘message’ of any medium or technology is the change of scale or pace or pattern that it introduces into human affairs. – Marshall McCluhan

From the use of the multiplane camera in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the ‘synergy between science, technology, and society’ in The Stepford Wives (1975) – this class provides students with a platform to understand technology in various social and political terms. With scholarly readings from different disciplines—history, sociology, philosophy, media studies, anthropology, for example—this course will introduce students to the range of questions about technology, society, and politics. This course will also provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to critically examine the development and integration of film, technology, and society.

Overall, this course seeks to help students better understand the world in which they live, the broader implications of their major course of study, and the complex social, ethical, and moral concerns presented by film and technology. Our goal will be to:

  1. understand the various perspectives on the co-construction of society and technology;
  2. recognize that technology represents a complex set of practices, norms, and values that both reflect and shape our beliefs about personhood, class, gender, race, time, space, labor, politics, and so on; and
  3. examine how factors stemming from broader socio-economy, legal, and political contexts seep into representations and applications of technology in film.

TIFF 2019

This September, a group of students interested in film traveled to Toronto, Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with Dr. Craven. Lisa Crum, Edward Kirchoff, Abigail Breckbill, Andrew Ciardullo, Morgan Firestone, John Simpson, and Jacob Dickens traveled on a bus for eight hours to see a wide-variety of new films.

TIFF was founded in 1976 as an aggregate of other festival films and has since become “one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work,” according to its website.

Lisa, Abigail, and Morgan sitting in a theater before a film screening. Photo credit: Abigail Breckbill

Abigail Breckbill, fifth year writing studies major, was one of the students on the trip. She wrote a quick blurb about how TIFF impacted her MU classes, what her favorite moments and films were, and how the trip will impact her future.

“I’m taking a film course this semester, so attending TIFF really felt like an extension of that class. It gave me a chance to be in a room with people from all over the world who love film. I also got to talk with many people (including Millersville peers) and hear what they appreciate about film. One of my favorite moments at TIFF was during a film which dealt with cancer and was incredibly heart-wrenching. Toward the end, the entirety of the auditorium was sniffling, and for me that was a very real, human moment in which we were all connected by something bigger. I love that film is able to do that for people, and I found that moment inspiring as someone who wants to create content for an audience to enjoy and be affected by.

Dancers standing before the dragon statue at the 2019 Toronto Dragon Festival. Photo credit: Andrew Ciardullo

“My favorite film was also the film that was hardest to watch. The Report was about the investigation into the CIA’s use of torture following 9/11. It was a very gripping story, especially knowing that it was based on true events. It also made the depictions of torture incredibly difficult to witness. At the end of the film, the panel presentation included Daniel Jones himself, the man who conducted much of the research. It was incredibly amazing to see a man who is a real-life hero.

“This trip was an opportunity for me to experience a community outside of my own country. I think it affected me long term in that it slightly added to my view of the world as a whole, and allowed me to experience film in a way I never had before. In the future I would love to go back, and I think I will continue to grow in my love of film as an art.”

John Simpson, a third-year media and broadcasting major, also wrote how TIFF impacted his college experience.

“The trip to the Toronto International Film Festival was an experience I will be forever grateful to have had. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I always felt far removed from the film industry. Sometimes it feels like they people within the business don’t really exist, like they’re characters presented to us in media. So it was definitely an interesting experience to see these people in front of my eyes instead of an interview or up on the screen. Seeing directors and actors I admire in person was somehow fulfilling, like their existence was confirmed to me and the film-making dream is real. This feeling was particularly potent when watching Color out of Space at midnight. It was the world premiere of the film so most of the cast and crew were there at the screening, including Nicolas Cage who sat two rows behind us. Getting to be in the heart of the film industry was an electrifying experience that will stick with me forever.

Cast of the HG Lovecraft film Color out of Space, including Nicholas Cage (second from the left), give a panel presentation after the screening. Photo credit: Jill Craven

“The films I saw at the festival ranged from family drama, horror, science fiction, and more. The wonderful thing about TIFF was the diversity of films there. I watched so many different artistic voices up on the big screen and when the filmmakers were there, it made it an almost personal experience, like they were sharing their story with the audience. I did not like every film I saw, but I enjoyed being at all of the screenings. It was rare to see films of these types have fully packed theaters, but you could tell that all of the audience members truly love film and attending the festival. I was seeing movies that will most likely not be remembered in the grand scheme of 21st century cinema, but regardless, I am pleased with what I saw at the festival.

“As someone who loves cinema, this trip made me grateful I am attending Millersville University. In this area of PA there is not a whole lot of love given to independent and international cinema, so when this opportunity was given to students, I happily jumped aboard. Experiencing Toronto and TIFF is one of the highlights of my college experience so far and I am thankful to the University and Dr. Jill Craven for allowing this to happen. I think if someone is interested in film or international art, then this trip is a fantastic gateway to experience one of the largest annual events for film. I do hope that this opportunity will continue for years to come as it has made a positive impact on my attendance at Millersville, and I would like many more students to experience it as well.”

Jacob Dickens, another student who attended TIFF this past fall, wrote an article for The Snapper about his experiences. “For two weeks in the cool air of Toronto, Canada, some of the biggest names in American and foreign films gathered to show off their newest works. In total, I managed to catch about fourteen films during my trip there. I had made over 70 thousand steps in the four days the Millersville Study Abroad group was at the festival while walking back and forth between two theatres that were almost thirty minutes apart.” Read the full article here! 

Much thanks to Ieva Zake, Dean of Humanities and Social Science, and Vilas Prabhu, Provost, for making this trip possible.

Title image photo credit: Abigail Breckbill

Internship Profile: Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller, a writing studies major with a minor in film, interned at Winding Way Books in Lancaster City. Read more below about Anthony’s experiences working at a bookstore, marketing a business on Facebook, and joining a community of book lovers. Looking for an internship of your own? Visit the ELCM website to learn more about internship opportunities.

Melody Williams and Anthony Miller

Over the course of the 2019 Spring Semester, I took advantage of a unique internship opportunity at Winding Way Books in Downtown Lancaster. Prior to applying for the internship, I’d been into Winding Way’s former location and made several purchases. I was impressed by the store’s wide range of literary classics, sci-fi and fantasy. However, it was among the extensive nonfiction selection that I made my most valuable finds, picking up one of the most relevant books to my education so far, A History of Narrative Film by David A. Cook. As an English major, the bookstore existed as the perfect site for intellectual exploration. Whether they were part of a chain or independently run, bookstores throughout my childhood and young adulthood have forged my reading habits, so I was interested in being behind the scenes creating a similar environment for other readers. Eventually I was connected more closely to Winding Way by a coworker of mine who was friends with the owner, Melody Williams. From there I contacted Melody by email and we scheduled our initial meeting.

Seeing as I was the first ever intern at Winding Way, Mel and I got together to discuss the general expectations and requirements of the internship. From this brainstorming session, I was designated to perform a handful of general tasks: to spread the word about Winding Way and expand its consumer base, sort and shelve books while keeping inventory, supply written content to the official Facebook page to pique customers’ interest in the inventory, and run the cash register and help out customers while Mel was running her endless list of errands for the bookstore.

The first of my obligations was trying to extend the reach of the store across Lancaster, which I attempted in a number of ways. Primarily, Mel had me walk across the city handing out her customized bookmarks, which display the Winding Way contact information and a small map directing people to the new location on Chestnut Street. I was initially nervous about this simple job because of the anxiety imparted by a stranger’s attempt to sell a product or idea. Eventually, however, my nervousness about confrontation subsided in the wake of a number of people’s genuine enthusiasm. Of course I heard more people saying they’d stop in than those that actually did, but every new customer that I recognized from one of those interactions (of which there were a good few) reinvigorated me for the next time I was out on the town with a stack of bookmarks.

The bookmarks were also useful for posting on community boards across the city. From House of Pizza to Farbo Co to coffee shops to burrito joints, I strolled around town, further familiarizing myself with Lancaster, and hoping to further familiarize Lancaster with Winding Way Books. Various small business owners were more than happy to accommodate our advertisements which was inspiring to witness. One employee at Farbo Co even helped clear their community store to accommodate for a bookmark. Admittedly, I was pleasantly surprised to experience such altruistic thinking across store owners and their employees, which seemed to boil down to a basic commitment to helping out other independent businesses.

Although it took me a little time to truly take the advertising/networking portion of the internship by the scruff of the neck, I ultimately overcame the reluctance to confront random people with my “message” about the bookstore’s worth to the community. It helped immensely that I truly believe in the bookstore’s goals as a business so I never had to force myself to mislead or manipulate like a stereotypically cynical salesperson. When I was talking to people about the adventures inherent to Mel’s shelves, I really meant it. Eventually, with my growing awareness of the bookstore’s contents and an easing anxiety concerning street chats, I was able to name specific books that I thought potential customers would be interested in. After talking with one passerby about films and screenplays, he eventually ended up reserving a shooting copy of the script of Firefly, a cult television show.

As someone pursuing a Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Writing Studies, the written portion of the internship was the segment of my internship that most directly addressed my degree. Early in the internship Mel granted me access to the Winding Way Facebook page, where I was able to respond to customer requests and questions. Primarily though, I used the Notes page to post book reviews, which Mel coined “First Impressions”. Throughout the course of the semester I would select one of the books from an author that I hadn’t heard of before, read the first chapter or two, and write a page long review of the content of the book, trying to describe the distinct merits of the story and the way the story was written.

Depending on the author, I would emphasize different aspects of the work’s overall impact. Thomas Pynchon for instance, inherited a cult reputation due to long, zany phrases peppered with  pop culture and obscure vocabulary; therefore, I focused on his unique compositional style because that seemed to be the defining characteristic of his literature. Zora Neale Hurston on the other hand was more known for her contributions to African American literature, writing dialogue for her characters that felt directly recorded from her experiences; therefore I expressed her monumental influence on other black writers in their efforts to seize back the narrative of their people from racist whites. These First Impressions gave me an opportunity to advance my writing by forcing me to interact with new writing, consider its context and composition, and articulate it in a measured, accessible manner.

One of the best parts of this experience was feeling like part of a community. A bookstore community is diverse, consisting of lone drifters, couples hanging out, flocks of friends, and families out for the day. The variety of people within these categories is impossible to comprehensively explore. Just as any particular piece of writing eludes categorization, so does any person seeking one out. Despite the diversity characters stopping by Winding Way, they were all brought into the bookstore by the same thing that brought me into the English major in the first place: a love of getting lost in the written word. Because of this central similarity, I was able to connect with almost everybody. I’ve traded both short anecdotes and long detailed monologues about what I’ve read, what I love to read, and what I plan to read next. Although bookworms are stereotyped as introverted and shy, I’ve had many animated discussions with the people at Winding Way. Although I love my private headspace, bridging the gap between two minds is a fulfilling experience. There was no shortage of interesting bridges built over the course of this internship. One afternoon I was talking to an aspiring writer in the bookstore for about an hour as she explained her conversion to Buddhism, ultimately recommending a book from our spirituality section.

Everybody that I remember walking in were patient, kind and curious. Some came in knowing exactly what they wanted. Others were just interested in exploring the space for a moment or two. A bookstore is the only place I can think of where browsing and not buying is an activity in and of itself. To briefly dip your toes into various articulations of art, science and history is an experience offered by few other business models. I tried to take that opportunity whenever I had the chance.

Overall, my internship at Winding Way Books was an educational experience that made a prominent mark on me. Not only was I able to make intellectual explorations by engaging with a vast catalogue of art and knowledge, I was also able to explore socially by mingling with outsiders to the bookstore, and more enjoyably, insiders. In addition, my writing became stronger by virtue of my increased exposure to good writing and my efforts to explain its goodness through short, concise reviews. I would recommend this internship to any English student at Millersville who is looking to expand their literary palette while also increasing their familiarity with downtown Lancaster.

-Anthony Miller 

Upcoming Literary Events

Check out these upcoming literary events in the Lancaster area! 

Millersville Literary Festival – McNairy Library Reading Room

Thursday, November 7: 4pm Readings/Reception, 7:30pm Keynote

Friday, November 8: 9am Panel Presentations, 12pm Lunch, 3-5pm Readings

More Information Coming Soon

Fulton Theater

Wait Until Dark: Tuesday, October 8, 8pm (pay what you want)

  • A mysterious doll mistakenly smuggled into the country possesses secrets that puts a young couple in serious danger, especially the blind homemaker. This cult classic will have you on the edge of your seat, minute after pulsating minute. Left home alone and to her own devices, Susan is forced to defend herself against con men, who are after the doll and its goods. A clever cat-and-mouse game of deception becomes more dangerous when the doll disappears! The game takes a drastic turn when the lights go out!

Everyman Theater in Baltimore

August Wilson’s Radio Golf: Sunday in Late October TBD

  • Successful real estate developer Harmond Wilks is on a mission to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor by doing whatever it takes to transform his childhood neighborhood from blighted to bustling. But when he learns the truth about his family’s legacy, he is forced to decide whether he will finish what he started or fight to preserve his community’s history. This fast-paced, crackling conclusion to August Wilson’s unparalleled 10-play The American Century Cycle examining the African-American experience in the 20th century is “surprising, suspenseful and crowd-pleasing” (The New York Times), and draws striking parallels to the issues we still face today.


Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel: Every Thursday 7-9pm

  • The Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999, has featured many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as an exciting and growing list of guest readers and headliners. All are welcome–bring your own poetry, poetry you love, or just an open ear.




An Evening with John Leland: Saturday, September 21, 6-8pm

  • This September, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome bestselling author John Leland to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old. This event is free and open to the public.




Harrisburg Book Festival: Thursday, October 3, 7pm – Sunday, October 6, 7pm

  • Now in its seventh year, the Harrisburg Book Festival is proudly hosted by the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Featuring an annual tent sale, award-winning authors, children’s illustrators, emerging novelists, acclaimed historians — surrounded by hundreds of thousands of books at one of the nation’s most celebrated independent bookstores — the Harrisburg Book Festival aims to amplify and celebrate diverse literature for all ages. All events are free and open to the public.

Nathaniel Gadsen’s Spoken Word Cafe: Every Other Friday, 7-9pm

  • Join Nathaniel Gadsden’s Spoken Word Café for a time of poetry and storytelling. This event is free and open to the public.

LGBT Book Club: Every Third Sunday of the Month, 4:30-5:30pm

  • Join the LGBT Book Club every third Sunday of the month for a discussion on this month’s book!

Eleanor Gordon-Smith: Wednesday, October 23, 7-9pm

  • This October, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Eleanor Gordon-Smith to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Stop Being Reasonable: How We Really Change Our Minds. This event is free and open to the public.




An Evening with John Witherow: Thursday, October 24, 7-9pm

  • The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome local author John Witherow to Harrisburg as he presents his new novel, The Gap: Fort Indiantown. This event is free and open to the public. The Gap is a coming-of-age story that poses questions about the wisdom of the current drug war while employing themes from another lost war.




An Evening with Stephen Fried: Wednesday, November 6, 7-9pm

  • The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome bestselling author Stephen Fried to Harrisburg as he discusses his new book, Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.



Henry Hemming: Saturday, November 9, 5-7pm

  • The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome bestselling espionage author Henry Hemming to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Agents of Influence: A British Campaign, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Plot to Bring America into World War II. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.




Philadelphia Alumni Writer’s House @ F&M

Faculty Writers: Eve Bratman: Tuesday, September 24, 4:30-5:30pm

  • Eve Bratman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment. She is a political ecologist who has a PhD in international relations from American University. Her book, Governing the Rainforest, is based on ten years of research concerning development policies, infrastructure, conservation, and human rights in the Brazilian Amazon. This event is free and open to the public.



Hausman Lecture Craft Talk: Alice McDermott: Tuesday, October 1, 4:30-5:30pm

  • Alice McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in September 2017. She has received the Whiting Writers Award, the Carington Award for Literary Excellence, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for American Literature. Established through an endowment by Richard Hausman ’50, P’85 and Edna Hausman P’85, the Hausman Lecture has brought prominent writers to campus for lectures, readings and workshops since 1982.



Will to Read: Shakespeare Aloud: Thursday, October 3, 7-9pm (Monthly)

  • Do you enjoy Shakespeare? If so, join this monthly reading/viewing/discussion group on Thursday evenings 7-9pm at the Writers House. We will simply read selected scenes, watch recorded stage and screen performances of those scenes, and talk about it all. No preparation, experience, or expertise required–only enthusiasm! The second play is Henry IV. This event is free and open to the public.

A Reading with Jamie Beth Cohen: Tuesday, October 15, 7:30-8:30pm

  • Jamie Beth Cohen is a writer who works in higher education. She writes about difficult things, but her friends think she’s funny. Her non-fiction has appeared in, The Washington Post/On Parenting, Salon, and several other outlets. Her debut novel, Wasted Pretty, was published in April 2019.




Playwriting in a Plotless World: Thursday, November 21, 11:30-12:30pm

  • Paula Vogel is Franklin & Marshall College’s tenth annual Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist. She has written How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critics Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and many more) and many more plays.




The Ware Center

The Interpreters – On Screen/In Person: Thursday, September 26, 7pm

  • Local interpreters were key to recent US war efforts, but now many face danger in their countries because of their affiliation.  This is the moving story of how they are rebuilding their lives, told through an Iraqi who was able to make it to the US with the help of an American soldier he befriended, an Afghan who is still working as an interpreter in Kabul despite threats to his life, and another who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey.  Run Time: 75 minutes. The evening begins in Steinman Hall with a pre-showing activity or community panel at 6:15 PM, and a post-show Q+A with the film’s director.

We the People: Celebrating Rita: Friday, October 4, 7pm
  • An onstage celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El featuring the best of Lancaster’s African-American performing arts community including such artists as the Imani-Edutainers, Maria and Kiana Corley, CoCo Coleman, Gerri MrGritty, Tyrell, and others, all performing brief tributes to Rita in the respective genres – dance, vocal and instrumental music, spoken-word, and more! Free and open to the public.
  • Badger Creek is a portrait of Native-American resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the reservation in Montana.The Thick Dark Fog is the story of Walter Littlemoon who attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago. The mission of many of these schools in 1950, was still to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The children were not allowed to speak their language or express their cultural identity in any way. Total Run Time: 84 minutes. The evening begins in Steinman Hall with a pre-showing activity or community panel at 6:15 PM, and a post-show Q+A with the film’s director.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: November 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00pm | November 3, 10 at 2:00pm
  • Gods mix with mortals, a feuding king and queen unleash magical practical jokes on one another, spells yield improbable love affairs and a band of comical wanderers enter into an enchanted woods and are transformed in the most unlikely ways in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring comedy. Discounted MU Student tickets available at a ticket office location with a valid ID; limit 2 per ID. Early reservations are strongly encouraged because Rafters Theatre has limited seating.
  • DETROIT 48202 examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of Detroit through the lens of an utterly charming African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the community of committed residents he faithfully served for thirty years. We take a journey with Wendell along his route, winding through the center of what was, once upon a time, a vital and thriving city. Run Time: 80 minutes. The evening begins in Steinman Hall with a pre-showing activity or community panel at 6:15 PM, and a post-show Q+A with the film’s director.

Creative Works of Lancaster

The 24 Hour Plays: Saturday, October 5, 7pm

  • Six writers, six directors, twenty-five actors, and one production team will write, rehearse, and perform six short plays in a 24 hour period. The process begins Friday evening, October 4, with writers choosing actors from a pool of talent. The six writers work through the night and hand their work to directors early Saturday morning, October 5, the day of the performance. After negotiating for their choice of play, directors, along with their play’s actors and a crew of stage technicians, prepare for the 7 pm performance. All tickets are free to reserve, and there is no obligation, or suggested minimum, to pay. Tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite.

The Turning Wheel

Poetry Readings: Every Second Thursday, 7-8:30pm

  • Each month The Turning Wheel welcomes a featured writer from around the region to share their work with our community. After the featured reading, there will be our usual, all-genre open mic. Bring your poems and short prose pieces to share!



Zoetropolis (specific movie times on website, student tickets $8)

The Nightingale: Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21

  • Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.




Manhattan Short Film Festival: September 27 – October 6

  • Manhattan Short is not a touring festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, Manhattan Short offers the ultimate platform — one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond.



Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Sunday,October 6, 7pm

  • 50th Anniversary Event! Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur. Arthur along with his squire, Patsy, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as “it is a silly place”.



ACLU-PA Presents, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook: Monday, October 7, 7:30pm

  • Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, and shot during the chaotic 2016 election, the film identifies and unpacks a shrewd ten-part strategy to suppress the vote, from creating new barriers to voter registration, to purging American citizens from the voting rolls without notice, to new and deliberate impediments to casting a vote. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Alex Domingos, Organizer, Campaign for Smart Justice. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so an RSVP is requested. Email your name and quantity of tickets needed to:


GLAS Presents: Animation Next: Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13

  • The best-of-the-best from the groundbreaking annual GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, CA. Showcasing seven bold new shorts from the newest generation to redefine what’s possible in the medium, ANIMATION NEXT takes you on a prismatic journey ranging from subterranean nightmares to sun-soaked coming of age stories — each exploring themes that most grip the modern world.  For more info, visit



Winterbeast: Thursday, October 24, 7:30pm

  • Join us for the 3rd film in the So Bad! So Good! Series. Presented and Introduced by Bradley Lyndon. The finest, and possibly only movie ever made in Newbury, New Hampshire, it’s a head-scratching tour-de-force of incoherent plot twists, continuity errors, bizarre non-sequitors, cheap effects and clunky performances. It’s even got props borrowed from a Dokken music video! It’s a bizarre train wreck of a movie that somehow transcends its own ineptitude to become an endlessly entertaining anti-masterpiece.


ACLU-PA Presents: Reversing Roe: Monday, November 4, 7:30pm

  • Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new documentary, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg present a deeply illuminating look of the state of abortion and women’s rights in America. The film offers candid and riveting interviews with key figures from both sides of the divide. Intense and unflinching in its commitment to telling the whole story, the film provides a gripping look at what’s happening on the ground in 2018. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Marianne Stein, ACLU-PA Legislative Associate. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so an RSVP is requested. Email your name and quantity of tickets needed to:

Arrival: Thursday, November 21, 6:30pm

  • Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. Film introduced by Dennis Weiss and followed by conversation and cocktails.


Get Involved with English Clubs!

The English Department encourages students to check out the English-related clubs! The English Club, Film Club, George Street Press, and The Snapper give students opportunities to build community and flex their writing and critical-thinking skills. Click on the headings for the clubs’ Get Involved pages.

English Club:

The English Club provides a welcome environment where lovers of language and literature can come together to participate in literary activities, field trips, discussions, and more! Both majors and non-majors are welcome. Meetings will begin at 5:30pm on Thursdays starting September 12th. The location will be sent out via email at a later date. For more information, contact President Stephanie Wenger or Vice President Morgan Reichenbach.

Film Club:

The Film Club is a campus organization where film fans can gather for screenings of films followed by discussion, as well as connect with others with a passion for the art of film across Millersville. The club screens films, both older and more contemporary, and discusses the topics presented by correlating the film to larger societal issues. Film Club will begin screenings on September 16th at 7pm in Club de’Ville and will meet every other Monday afterwards. For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page, contact President Lisa Crum, or email adviser Jill Craven.

George Street Press:

George Street Press is Millersville University’s literary magazine that is open to students and faculty alike. The publication is completely student run and student published, accepting all sorts of work from poetry, short fiction, essays, creative nonfiction, photography, painting and sculpture. If you are interested with assisting in publication, the club meets Monday nights in Club De’Ville (the commuter lounge in the lower level of the SMC) at 9pm. If you would like to submit any work for the Fall 2019 publication, submissions open on November 1st at If you have any questions, contact President Kitsey Shehan or Vice President Sara Pizzo. Updates can be found on the club’s Instagram page.

The Snapper
Editor in Chief Jared Hameloth and Managing Editor Julia Walters at Org Outbreak (Photo courtesy of Jared Hameloth)

The Snapper is Millersville University’s student-run newspaper, providing fair, accurate, and unbiased reporting on a weekly basis for the student body. They are the campus’ independent watchdog, a tireless advocate and champion of student rights. Through the sections and other positions, The Snapper provides students with an opportunity to experience the fields of print and digital media, along with many opportunities to improve their own writing skills. The Snapper’s office is located in the bottom level of the SMC, room 15. They hold weekly meetings every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. Students can contact The Snapper at:


American Association of University Women

The purpose of MU’s AAUW, among other things, is to prepare students for leadership in the civic realm, offer students an opportunity to exchange ideas on social justice, network members with the global AAUW community of more than 170,000 members, and support women in gaining positions of leadership across campus. Meeting times will be announced. For more information, adviser Jill Craven. Want to get involved with AAUW? Consider taking on a leadership position for the 2019-2020 school year.

Creative Writers’ Guild
(Photo courtesy of Jacob Coopersmith)

Creative Writers’ Guild is a place for MU students to mingle and share ideas, discuss their passions, and simply enjoy one another’s company.  The members have essentially become a family, and there is always room for more family members to join. Every meeting, club members are given a prompt to guide their writing, but have the freedom to create anything they like. Members have done everything from fanfiction to poetry to improv storytelling, and are always looking to try new writing prompts.  The club meets on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm in Chryst 210. To learn more, contact President Jacob Coopersmith.


A Bloody Good Time

In February, a group of English Majors attended a performance of Macbeth at the Ware Center. Andie Petrillo, graduate student, wrote a summary of her experiences. Check out the Ware Center’s Upcoming Events page for more opportunities to see shows, screen films, and hang out with English major friends!

Millersville English students were given the opportunity to attend Macbeth at the Ware Center free of charge on February 15th. The actors and director also gave a pre-show talk back session to discuss the show with students and Dr. Craven. The People’s Shakespeare Project, sponsors of the show, never fail to produce a great performance. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the costumes created a fresh take on the play. Andie Petrillo, a graduate student in the English Department, attended the show.

I’m no stranger to the People’s Shakespeare Project’s biannual shows. I’ve attended many over the years and I’m astonished every time at the quality of each production. The sets are usually pretty minimal which allows for more focus on the actors and the plot. The amount of talent in the cast of local actors always astounds me as well. What I love most though are the time periods or themes they choose to set the shows in.  This show’s post-apocalyptic theme provided for some interesting costumes that were a blend of period-specific pieces and avant-garde pieces. The actors also brought the play to life. A favorite amongst our group was definitely the drunken porter who brought some necessary comic relief to the show. All in all, I had a great time seeing the show with other English students and I’m grateful for the opportunities like this that are afforded English students!

Andie Petrillo

DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation

On Friday, March 22nd, Millersville University will present Rebirth of a Nation, by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky at Biemesderfer Hall in the Winter Center. Tickets for the 7pm show are on sale at the Millersville box office (tickets will be free for the first 100 Millersville students–these are available in person at the SMC box office).  Rebirth of a Nation will be presented as a film screening with musical score remixed live by DJ Spooky and an after-screening discussion. The film runs 1oo minutes.

Conceived as a reimagining of director D.W. Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation, DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation is a controversial and culturally significant project that examines how “exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms.” Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Wiener Festwochen, and the Festival d’Automne à Paris, the project was Miller’s first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Museum of Modern Art and The Lincoln Center.

Rebirth of a Nation – Trailer

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“In a certain sense what I’m doing is portraying the film as he intended it,” DJ Spooky says of his remix. “This is a film glorifying a horrible situation. And I think a modern sensibility is something where people will look at this and go like ‘Oh, I can’t believe this, I don’t relate to it, I don’t think this is right, what does he mean?’ So it’s not letting him off the hook so much as presenting the film and actually having it fall in on itself.”

Miller takes Griffith’s original work and applies a “DJ re-mix.” Using his skills as a DJ to mash music and film techniques, he recontextualizes and deconstructs Griffith’s film and places it in a moral framework, drawing striking parallels between socio-political conflicts in America during Griffith’s era, the time of the American Civil War (when Birth of a Nation is set), and today.  Using his artistry to comment on Griffith’s film’s portrayal of white supremacy and its positive portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan, Miller’s work engages audiences in themes of civil rights and freedom, seen through the lens of DJ Spooky’s unique art of remixing.

DJ Spooky’s “Rebirth of a Nation”

An excerpt from DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation

Probably most well-known under his constructed persona as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky has recorded music and collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and composers, among them Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kronos Quartet, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and many others.  Miller was the first Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he premiered his work “A Civil War Symphony” in 2013. In 2014, Miller was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an honor recognizing visionaries at the forefront of global problem solving. Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award to support his new work “QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet,” a multimedia performance and an installation based on the history and evolution of the internet, which premiered at San Francisco’s YBCA in January 2019. Recent works include “Phantom Dancehall” with premier reggae label VP Records and his first blockchain album “The Invisible Hand” commissioned by SingularDTV.

Griffith’s original film features a character, Representative Stoneman (pictured above to the right of Lincoln), based on local US Representative Thaddeus Stevens, who lived and practiced law in Lancaster. Stevens was an advocate of the equality of men and the 14th Amendment, which had its 150th anniversary last year (also the 150th anniversary of Stevens’ death).  Stevens is buried downtown in the cemetery on Chestnut Street, the only place that would allow people of different skin colors to be buried together.  His epitaph reads:

I repose in this quiet and secluded spot,
Not from any natural preference for solitude
But, finding other Cemeteries limited as to Race
by Charter Rules,
I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death
The Principles which I advocated through a long life:

If you are in downtown Lancaster, you should visit the cemetery to learn more about this leader in racial justice.

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Free tickets for students are available at the box office in the Student Memorial Center.
Paid tickets are available at through the MU Box Office.

This event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Black Culture Celebration, MIllersville University Department of English, The President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, The School of Social Work’s Learning Institute, and the Robert S. & Sue Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership.