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Common Reading Events

The Common Reading Program and all events are made possible through the support of the Shepherd University Foundation.

The events below are related to the 2023-2024 common reading. New events will be planned for next year’s book soon. Check back for more information.

APRIL 2024

April 1-12“The Art of Surviving” Capstone art exhibit by Emma Williams – Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education (Byrd CHE) foyer. Artist’s Reception – April 5 from 4 pm – 7 pm

April 5 “In the Bedroom” Film Screening  – 7:00 p.m. Byrd CHE auditorium – in collaboration with the Shepherdstown Film Society & Shepherd’s Lifelong Learning Program

About the film: In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family’s only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank’s father Matt, the town doctor, doesn’t see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. (Rated R) Release Date – Nov 23, 2001 (USA) | Run Time – 132 min.Movie poster for "In the Bedroom" film event