Special Screening in Emporia, KS February 22, 2011

On Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will have a special, free screening at the historic Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St., in Emporia, Kansas.

Emporia State University is one of the main sponsors of the event, part of a series of discussions which honor Kansas’ 150th year of statehood.

Pulitzer Prize-winning editor William Allen White published his 1896 editorial, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” in the Emporia Gazette.  A rant against the progressive Populists who wielded considerable influence over late-nineteenth century Kansas, it’s well worth a read, and of course, inspired Thomas Frank’s book of the same title more than a century later.

For those wanting some background before the movie is shown, the Emporia Public Library is host for a discussion of Frank’s book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” The discussion will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the large meeting room of the library, 110 E. Sixth Ave. The free discussion will be led by Emporia State professors Rob Catlett and Michael Smith.

Director Joe Winston will answer questions and discuss the film after the screening, which is free of charge.

This film always provokes lively discussions, especially in Kansas, so if you’re in the area, don’t miss this opportunity.

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