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Dances with Words fall series begins at Montana Western.

October 26, 2015

The reading will take place at The Cup located in the basement of the Swysgood Technology Center on the UMW campus on Wednesday, Oct. 28. at 7:30 p.m.

“Hollywood and the Holocaust” offers an important look at Hollywood’s ongoing representations of the Holocaust aimed at a general readership not usually addressed by volumes on this subject. 

Gonshak said the book is a study of the portrayal of the Holocaust in Hollywood films from the World War II era to the present. It includes chapters on thirty films, arranged chronologically, beginning in 1940 with Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” and concluding with Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds.”

In 2000, Gonshak was awarded the Rose and Anna Busch Endowed Professorship for excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, an endowment he still holds. 

Gonshak was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to spend a year teaching at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. 

Gonshak is an English professor in the Liberal Studies program at Montana Tech. He teaches courses in college writing, British literature, Holocaust studies, creative writing, gay literature, Shakespearean drama, introduction to literature and sports literature. He also teaches in the honors program at Montana Tech. 

In addition to his work at Montana Tech, Gonshak also reviews books and local theater for “The Montana Standard.”  

Next in the Dances with Words fall series will be a short story reading from UMW Chancellor Dr. Beth Weatherby on Dec. 2, 2015. Weatherby has an extensive background as a short story writer and won a Minnesota Book Award in 1997 for her collection of short stories.  

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