Guest Speaker after “Mary Queen of Scots” 7:45 pm screening on Friday, December 21

Join us for Guest Speaker Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson is Associate Director for the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies at the University of Maryland. Nelson also serves as Associate Editor for Literature, Art History, and Women’s Studies for the Sixteenth Century Journal.

“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and her competitor for the throne, Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Mary Queen of Scots does make a powerfully moving case for an uneasy dance between two powerful women hamstrung by male politics.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

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