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Pencil This In: Women Soldiers and Duck Soup
More than 160,500 women have served (and died) in the former president’s the war in Iraq, but many find themselves isolated in the male-dominated culture. “This seclusion, combined with the military's history of gender discrimination and the uniquely challenging conditions in Iraq, has resulted in a mounting epidemic of sexual abuse, physical degeneration, and emotional distress among many female soldiers.” Tonight Columbia University journalism professor Helen Benedict will talk about her latest book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, and will be joined by two of the five female veterans who are the focus of her book and a therapist who has been working with women soldiers returning from Iraq. The free discussion will take place at the American Friends Service Committee (634 S. Spring St., Downtown LA) tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm.
The ArcLight Sherman Oaks screens the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup (1933). The movie starts at 7:30 pm, and it’s a satire of the dictatorial leaders and authoritarian government. This was the last of the brothers' films to feature Zeppo and the last of five Marx Brothers movies released by Paramount.
ALOUD at the Central Library hosts Mark Araxin “West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders & Killers in the Golden State.” He’ll be in conversation with Thomas Curwen, LA Times staff writer, to discuss his four years traveling California. “From the marijuana growing capital of the U.S. to the town that inspired The Grapes of Wrath, Arax offers a stunning panorama of California in a new century.” The program begins at 7 pm. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.
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