Filmmaker Beth Murphy Lecture Oct. 18

Filmmaker Beth Murphy will speak at Meredith College on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Her lecture is titled “Big Ideas, Small Choices.”
Murphy is a documentary producer, director, author and university faculty member. In 1999 she founded Principle Pictures, an independent film company committed to giving voice to the voiceless, raising awareness about important social issues, and inspiring education and action through entertainment. She has led production crews to all corners of the world, often in war-torn or developing countries in order to focus on human rights and international issues.

As an adjunct professor at Suffolk University and a visiting professor at American University Paris, she has taught courses in covering international crises, the business of international news, and media ethics. She earned a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in international relations and international communications from Boston University. She studied French at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and studied documentary filmmaking at George Washington University’s Documentary Center.

Her film, “Beyond Belief,” tells the story of two courageous women whose lives were changed after their husbands were killed in the attacks of 9/11. The women decided to go to Afghanistan where the terrorists were trained. Their goal was to meet war widows there, to try to understand the lives of those women, and to try to understand why it happened. Visit to learn more about the film.

See “Beyond Belief”: A special pre-convocation screening of “Beyond Belief” will be held the day prior to Murphy’s lecture. She will offer a brief introduction to the film, which will be shown on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.

Both events, which are sponsored by the Meredith College Convocation Committee and the Broder-Wallace Endowment Fund, are free and open to the public.

Date Submitted: 2011-10-17

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