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The Lookout | June 19, 2021

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Historians examine women in movies

Historians examine women in movies
  • On February 16, 2021

By Julie Newell
Associate Editor

Historians at the Movies (HATM), a series that started in fall 2020, continues into the spring semester at LCC.

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This semester HATM will be hosted by Department of History faculty member Dale Moler.

“HATM is a series of events where we get together, watch movies from the past, and discuss how historians and other academics can use films to learn more about the world around them,” Moler said.

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“We take an interdisciplinary approach, inviting faculty from other departments to join us and offer their ideas about the film. Most importantly, it’s a lot of fun!”

This semester the theme of HATM is “Centering Women’s Voices.”

“We have been thinking about how women are represented in movies: the opportunities they are given to write, direct and star in major motion picture: and the kinds of historical questions we can ask to uncover some of these interesting aspects of film history,” Moler said.


The movies that will be shown are: “Thelma and Louise” on March 16; “The Little Mermaid” on April 13; and “Real Women Have Curves” on May 4.

“The group of movies we chose this semester highlight some of the different ways filmmakers and audiences thought about women, gender, representation and a host of other things in the ‘80s and ‘90s,” Moler said.

“The movies are new enough to be entertaining and relatable to lots of students, but are old enough to offer some great opportunities for historical discussion.”

The movies will be shown via WebEx and have an after-movie discussion. An announcement and link will be sent out closer to the time of the event.

Anyone with questions can contact Dale Moler at