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Global Challenges Facing Girls Focus of Film Screenings and Public Dialogue at Georgian Court University

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Apsara gets advice on how to communicate with her parents about early marriage from a hugely popular Nepali radio show in To Educate A Girl.

Girl Rising and To Educate a Girl, two thought-provoking and highly acclaimed films examining the challenges facing girls around the world, will be shown at Georgian Court University.

Girl Rising will be screened on Wednesday, November 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the North Dining Room on GCU’s Lakewood campus. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising takes audiences on a journey around the world to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power education has to change the world.

Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in developing countries who confronted tremendous challenges and overcame nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Their stories are shared by some of the finest actors including: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Freida Pinto, and Priyanka Chopra. Following the screening, faculty from the GCU women’s studies program will lead a discussion on the film.

Oren Rudavsky, producer/director of To Educate a Girl, will discuss what it takes for a girl to obtain an education in Nepal and Uganda, two poverty-stricken countries guided by the United Nations’ global initiative to provide equal access to education for all girls. The film screening will be on Wednesday, November 9, in the Little Theatre at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with Mr. Rudavsky at 7:30 p.m.

Both films are presented by GCU, in conjunction with Ocean County College’s Grunin Center for the Arts and the Ocean County Library. Throughout October and November, the three local organizations are exploring the theme Beyond the Classroom & Critical Concerns: Global Education for Women.

This is in addition to many other GCU Critical Concerns programs featuring well-recognized speakers, authors, artists, filmmakers, and educators. For the past decade, the annual Critical Concerns programs at GCU have addressed the Sisters of Mercy’s five critical concerns—the earth, immigration, racism, nonviolence, and women.

All sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Learn more and register at or call the Office of Mission Integration at 732-987-2303.

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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