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Date: January 30, 2003 (03-08)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
(Pager 301-930-3880)

Montgomery College International Education Program to Sponsor Award-Winning Film Presentation and Poetry Reading in February

Montgomery College’s International Education Program is sponsoring two events in February that are open to the community.

  • Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. -- Showing of Acclaimed Mexican Film, Danzon, With Accompanying Dinner and Dance Presentation

The International Education Program will sponsor a screening of the acclaimed Mexican film, Danzon, in an evening event that will also feature a Mexican dinner and a dance presentation provided by the Latino Students Union. The program will be held on the MC-Takoma Park Campus, on the lower level of the Campus Commons building. The admission price of $15 per person includes dinner and non-alcoholic beverage.

Awarded Best Picture at the Latino Film Festival in New York, and best Mexican film in 1991, Danzon (literally, a stylized ballroom box step originating in Haiti) explores one woman’s search for a lost dance companion and her own self-discovery that results. The film is done in Spanish, with English subtitles.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m. --  Poetry Reading and Discussion by Poet Natasha Sajé

Noted poet and Montgomery College English Professor Natasha Sajé will read her poetry and discuss the writing profession, in an event at the MC-Rockville Campus, Room 136, Technical Center.         

Saje’s first book of poems, Red Under the Skin, received the Agnes Lynch Starrell prize and the Towson State Prize in Literature. Bend, her second collection, will be published in September. Her poems, reviews, and essays appear in many journals, including The Henry James Review, Essays in Literature, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Parnassus, Chelsea, Gettysburg Review, Legacy: Journal of American Women Writers, Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, and The Writers Chronicle.

Sajé earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She is an associate professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she administers the Weeks Poetry Series, and also teaches in the Vermont College MFA Writing Program.  

For more information on either of these events, contact Professor Gail Forman, director of the Montgomery College International Education Program at or 240-567-7443.

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