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Date: September 18, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Host Discussion with Author Laura Leedy Gansler and Special Screening of “North Country” at AFI on Oct. 11
“North Country” Based on Book by Gansler

Montgomery College invites the public to a special free screening of the film “North Country” on Wednesday, October 11, at 5:30 p.m. Following the film, Laura Leedy Gansler, coauthor of “Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law,” the book that served as the basis for “North Country,” will lead a discussion and answer questions from the audience. The event will take place at the AFI Silver Theatre, located at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

Laura Leedy Gansler is an attorney based in Chevy Chase. Her book “Class Action,” coauthored with Clara Bingham, is a journalistic account of female iron miners who—at high personal cost—file a complaint against the company where they worked and suffered years of sexual abuse. A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2002, “Class Action” was described by journalist and author Bob Woodward as “brilliantly reported, documented, and written.”

Sponsored by Montgomery College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute in conjunction with the College’s Department of Women’s Studies and the AFI Silver Theatre, the screening and discussion is the first event of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute’s fall “Books and Ideas” series. “Books and Ideas” celebrates the work and creativity of talented writers—novelists, biographers, poets, playwrights, historians, critics—who live in the greater Washington area. Each author offers a free evening reading and discussion for the public. Through its Paul Peck Humanities Institute, Montgomery College encourages writers, thinkers, and scholars to share their words and ideas.

Tickets are not required for this event, but people are encouraged to arrive early to be assured seats. For more information, call 301-251-7417. To request accommodations for a disability, call 251-7417 at least two weeks before the event.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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