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The Fitchburg State University Community Read Steering Committee, in collaboration with local community partners, is excited to announce that the Community Read selection for the 2017/2018 is The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.

Drawing on new interviews, Kiernan’s non-fiction work tells the stories of women who participated in the Manhattan Project to build the first nuclear bombs; they moved from all over the U.S. to work and live in the top-secret Oak Ridge, Tennessee, “atomic city” created during World War II.  For more information on this acclaimed, bestselling book, visit the book's website.

Upcoming Events

Community Read Keynote Address Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 
5:30 p.m. | reception and book signing
7 p.m.  | Author talk
Main Lounge | Hammond Hall
The Community Read Keynote Address will be given Thursday, March 29, when the campus hosts The Girls of Atomic City author Denise Kiernan. Kiernan will attend a reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m. followed by an author talk at 7 p.m., both in the main lounge of Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Previous Events

The Atomic Bomb: Development, Consequences and Legacy Wednesday, September 20 at 3:30 p.m. | panel discussion
Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
To kick off the 2017-18 Community Read Program for The Girls of Atomic City, Fitchburg State University will present a panel discussion entitled "The Atomic Bomb: Development, Consequences and Legacy." The panel will feature current and former Fitchburg State professors from the sciences, history and political science, including Professors Katherine Jewell, Eric Budd, Elizabeth Gordon and Emma Downs. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the panelists' remarks.

Group Discussion Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 7 p.m
Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.
The events continue with an intergenerational discussion of the book led by Professor Robert Carr (Communications Media) and his students. Admission is free.

Group Discussion Tuesday, Oct. 17 | 6:30p.m
Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.
Professor Robert Carr and his students present another intergenerational discussion of the book.

Book Club-Style Discussion Wednesday, Oct. 25 | noon
Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
The series returns to campus with a book club-style discussion of the book. The discussion will be led by librarians Connie Strittmatter and Asher Jackson, along with Dani Langdon from the university’s Center for Professional Studies.

Film Screenings Saturday, Nov. 4 | 11 a.m.
Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.
Professor Joseph Moser (English Studies) will present a pair of film screenings. Millions Like Us (1943) explores women’s contributions to the British war effort, while Raggedy Man (1981) tells the story of a woman who goes to work as a telephone operator in Texas at the height of the war.

World War II-Era Women of Fitchburg and Leominster Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Exhibition opening
Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Nov. 8 - Mar. 30 | Exhibit
University Archives | Hammond Hall
Returning to the main campus, librarian and archivist Asher Jackson will introduce an exhibit entitled “World War II-Era Women of Fitchburg and Leominster” in the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. The exhibit in the university archives runs through Friday, March 30.