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UPDATE: Hurricane Florence forces postponement of ‘RBG’ film screenings at MTSU

canceled screening promo illustration using “RBG” movie poster with drawing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and photo of co-director Julie Cohen

Emergency preparations along the southeast Atlantic Coast related to Hurricane Florence have forced MTSU to cancel two planned screenings and a Q&A with the co-director of “RBG,” the popular documentary about one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most provocative jurists.

Organizers announced the cancellations shortly before midday Tuesday, Sept. 11, adding that they would reschedule the planned Thursday, Sept. 13, campus screenings of the film examining the life of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on Aug. 10, 1993.

A planned discussion with the film’s co-director, Julie Cohen, also will be rescheduled. The new date for the events will be announced later.

Julie Cohen, co-director, “RBG.” (Photo by Grace Mendenhall)

Julie Cohen

The film reviews Ginsburg’s career as a law clerk, researcher, professor, general counsel and board member for the American Civil Liberties Union and judge, as well as her 64-year marriage to taxation law expert Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010.

As an attorney, Ginsburg argued cases before the Supreme Court challenging laws that permitted discrimination on the basis of sex. In her 38-year career on the bench, Ginsburg has written opinions in cases that are seen as victories for gender equality.

In 1996, she wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court struck down Virginia Military Institute’s “men only” admissions policy. In 2017, she wrote the majority opinion in Sessions v. Morales-Santana, which struck down a provision of immigration law that required different criteria for men and women.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exercises with her trainer in a scene from the 2018 documentary film "RBG." (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exercises with her trainer in a scene from the 2018 documentary film “RBG.” (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

A cult of personality also has sprung up around Ginsburg, inspiring T-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs and other items referring to her as the “Notorious RBG,” a takeoff on the late rap star The Notorious B.I.G.

Among those interviewed for the documentary are National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg; activist Gloria Steinem; U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Eugene Scalia, son of Ginsburg’s late colleague Associate Justice Antonin Scalia; and the 85-year-old Ginsburg’s personal trainer, Bryant Johnson.

MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry and the College of Media and Entertainment are sponsoring the events with university co-sponsor June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students.

For more information, call the college at 615-904-8490 or the department at 615-898-2578.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

 


Watch the film, join the conversation when MTSU screens ‘RBG’, welcomes co-director Sept. 13

Sept. 5, 2018

As the Senate Judiciary Committee considers the most recent nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, MTSU will present the popular documentary about one of the high court’s most provocative jurists.

Horizontal poster for “RGB” documentary on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“RBG” will be shown Thursday, Sept. 13, at 2:40 p.m. in the Keathley University Center and at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The film examines the life of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on Aug. 10, 1993.

A discussion with the film’s co-director, Julie Cohen, will follow the 6:30 p.m. showing. Both screenings are free and open to the public.

Julie Cohen, co-director, “RBG.” (Photo by Grace Mendenhall)

Julie Cohen

The documentary was an official selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Off-campus visitors attending the events should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at 1403 E. Main St. or online at www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php. A campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

The film reviews Ginsburg’s career as a law clerk, researcher, professor, general counsel and board member for the American Civil Liberties Union and judge, as well as her 64-year marriage to taxation law expert Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010.

As an attorney, Ginsburg argued cases before the Supreme Court challenging laws that permitted discrimination on the basis of sex. In her 38-year career on the bench, Ginsburg has written opinions in cases that are seen as victories for gender equality.

In 1996, she wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court struck down Virginia Military Institute’s “men only” admissions policy. In 2017, she wrote the majority opinion in Sessions v. Morales-Santana, which struck down a provision of immigration law that required different criteria for men and women.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exercises with her trainer in a scene from the 2018 documentary film "RBG." (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exercises with her trainer in a scene from the 2018 documentary film “RBG.” (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

A cult of personality also has sprung up around Ginsburg, inspiring T-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs and other items referring to her as the “Notorious RBG,” a takeoff on the late rap star The Notorious B.I.G.

Among those interviewed for the documentary are National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg; activist Gloria Steinem; U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Eugene Scalia, son of Ginsburg’s late colleague Associate Justice Antonin Scalia; and the 85-year-old Ginsburg’s personal trainer, Bryant Johnson.

MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry and the College of Media and Entertainment are sponsoring the screenings and discussion, and the events are being co-sponsored by the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students.

For more information, call the college at 615-904-8490 or the department at 615-898-2578. You also can watch the “RBG” trailer below.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)


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