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FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Hosts Film Screening Event

BOCA RATON, FL (September 29, 2011) – The advisory council for Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney present an evening of film, discussion, drinks and tapas on Thursday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Living Room Theaters on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The film “Refuge” will be screened, and a reception will follow with Lena Georgas, who plays Helen in the film.

“Refuge” depicts the struggle of a 50-year-old woman in an abusive marriage and a young college professor, and how their lives come together to renew their spirits and save their souls. It is a thought provoking soul saving film starring Linda Hamilton and Chris McDonald, with Chris Payne Gilbert and Lena Georgas in supporting roles. Written and directed by Mark Medoff, the author and director of “Children of a Lesser God,” “Refuge” was selected for showing at the PBC International Film Festival.

Tickets for the evening range from $50 to $150, and all proceeds benefit student scholarships in FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at FAU. The goal of the Center is to understand the broad range of women's experiences that reflect class, race, ethnicity, age, and the interconnections that shape these experiences in specific ways.

Seats for the event are limited and can be purchased online at or by calling 561-297-2337.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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