American Studies film series: Hester Street 12/4 @7pm

HesterStreet19756708_f“American Identity: Visions and Revisions,” a film series sponsored by the American Studies Program, opens on Wednesday, September 18, with the first of four diverse films. The series is free and open to the public.

The films will be shown in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at 7 p.m. Each film will be introduced by a member of the American Studies faculty, who will field questions from the audience after the screening.

The series concludes for the fall semester on December 4 with “Hester Street” (1975) presented by Ellen Umansky, Ph.D., Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies. Set in 1896, the film follows Steven Keats as a Russian Jew who emigrated to the United States and has settled on the Lower East Side of New York City, working as a seamster to raise money to bring his wife, played by Carol Kane, and his son to America.

The American Studies program will host a brief information session and reception for current students and faculty and anyone who might be interested in the graduate or undergraduate program at 6:30 p.m. prior to the screening. Those interested should RSVP to

For more information, contact Elizabeth Petrino at