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Public invited to Nov. 7 premiere of North Central College documentary

North Central College President Arlo Schilling greets Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1960.

North Central College President Arlo Schilling greets Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1960.

North Central College invites the public to the free premiere of the third part of a documentary series produced with Naperville Community Television that chronicles the College’s 150-year history.

“Challenges of the Post-World War II Years” is the third of the five-part documentary series “A Promising Start,” which commemorates the College’s Sesquicentennial. The segment will premiere at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Complimentary refreshments will be served at a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The documentary series production is led by Naperville Community Television’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Director Elizabeth Braham Spencer, who also is adjunct professor of broadcast communication at the College. “Challenges of the Post-World War II Years” spans the period 1946 to 1975, during the administrations of two of North Central’s nine presidents: C. Harve Geiger (1946-1960) and Arlo L. Schilling (1960-1975).

“Viewers will see how North Central College adapts to the new realities of post-war life, starting with the GI Bill and the impact returning veterans had on the student body in the late 1940s, on through to the civil unrest and the unfolding of the Cold War of the 1960s,” Spencer says. “We see the College celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1961, and we'll get a behind-the-scenes look as the college embarks on an ambitious—but expensive—project to build a state-of-the-art Science Center.”

The documentary brings the story to life through reenactments, video, historical photos, letters and interviews with historical experts such as Ann Durkin Keating, chair of the College's history department and C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central.

DVD copies of the first three parts of the documentary will be available for sale at the College’s Bookstore, 100 E. Jefferson Ave. DVDs will be available singly or as a set; call the Bookstore at 630-637-5635 to learn more. The fourth part of the documentary is scheduled to premiere in February, and the fifth and final segment is expected to debut in May. The College is planning numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.

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