Hampshire College will host a large-screen viewing of The Dust Bowl, the new Ken Burns 71F two-part PBS documentary, on November 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall (Main Lecture Hall). In addition to all students, faculty, and staff, the general public is welcome.
From the PBS website:
“THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the ‘Great Plow-Up,’ followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.”