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2016-17 Common Read/Common World Events


Spring 2017

“Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors Through Photography and Art”

On Display all Fall Semester at the USA Archaeology Museum

Featuring stories of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors.  Partnering with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 6, 3pm - 5pm




January 8 - 22 – Mobile Jewish Film Festival

If you are looking to enjoy some unique contemporary films, the Mobile Jewish Film Festival will include screenings at USA's campuses in Mobile and Fairhope this month. This event is sponsored by the Mobile Area Jewish Federation. All films are open to the public.  Tickets are $8 for adults per screening and $6 for students and seniors. The University is sponsoring tickets for USA students, and the admission is free with reservations for films screened at South only. Tickets will also be sold at the door or can be purchased by calling (251) 343-7197, or by visiting the festival's website

  • January 8 - "On the Map" - Springhill Avenue Temple - 3pm
  • January 10 - "The Last Mentsch" - Laidlaw Center for Performing Arts - 7pm
  • January 11 - "A Love To Hide" - Laidlaw Center for Performing Arts - 7pm
  • January 12 - "Fever At Dawn" - Laidlaw Center for Performing Arts - 7pm
  • January 14 - "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" - Ahavas Chesed Synagogue - 7pm 
  • January 15 - "Rock in the Red Zone" - Ahavas Chesed Synagogue - 3pm
  • January 17 - "Fever At Dawn" - USA Fairhope Campus - 7pm
  • January 18 - "Fanny's Journey" - Ben May Library: Bernheim Hall - 7pm
  • January 19 - "The Dove Flyer" - Ahavas Chesed Synagogue - 7pm
  • January 22 - "The Lady In Number Six" - Springhill Avenue Temple - 7pm


January 31 – Film Screening: "We Remember: A Documentary" with commentary

Produced locally, "We Remember" calls on six local eyewitnesses to tell their personal experiences in the 1930's and 1940's during the time of Nazi totalitarianism. This documentary on the Holocaust was produced by two Mobilians and interviews survivors who live on the Gulf Coast. Commentary and a post film discussion will be provided by Jerry Darring of the Gulf Coast Holocaust Center. 

6:00pm; USA Archaeology Museum














April 11 - Modern Day Refugees: Survivors Tales

What do the modern day refugees look like? The Common Read/Common World committee and Dwell Mobile have teamed to present a panel discussion featuring refugees living in Mobile. Come hear their experiences, dispel myths, and put a face to today's refugees. 

6:00pm; Marx Library Auditorium




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