Open Screen Film Series: "Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare"

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Free

In March 2020, an election year energized by women candidates and the centennial celebration of Women’s Suffrage, PBS will premiere the story of the first woman cabinet member, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins. Producer Mick Caouette of South Hill Films hosts an exclusive first screening and discussion of the documentary Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare at Metropolitan State University.

Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare features compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell and others while telling Perkins’ heroic story which explores the history of women in politics, our attitudes toward immigration, poverty, Socialism and the role of government. In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman on a Presidential Cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behind Social Security, the 40-hour workweek, the eight‐hour workday, minimum wage and unemployment compensation.

This event is free and open to the public as part of Metropolitan State's Open Screen Film Series, which strives to engage with audiences and communities, as well as enrich the understanding and appreciation of the art of film. Metropolitan State serves a range of diverse and original cinematic voices, visions and stories while providing educational and cultural experiences for the university community, Saint Paul and the surrounding neighborhoods.


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