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T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold

Directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper. US. 2015. NR. 83 minutes. ITVS. blu ray. FREE!.
Sat., June 4, 2016
June 4, 2016
11:00 am

17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields came from the streets of Flint to reach the Gold Medal podium in London in 2012, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympics, but as we see in this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

Join us for a 20-minute panel discussion immediately following the film.


Jennifer Fleeger
is an assistant professor at Ursinus College where she teaches courses in film studies. She has written two books, Mismatched Women: The Siren’s Song Through the Machine and Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz, both published by Oxford University Press. She lives in Phoenixville with her husband and two children.

Kyla Jermin
is sophomore at Ursinus College, with a double major in English and Philosophy. She’s currently working on her Summer Fellows project, titled The Ethics of Reparations, which aims to discuss the moral and ethical reasoning behind reparations for slavery in the US. She’s also works in other ways around campus, as a future Writing Fellow and current Campus Safety dispatcher.


Alice Leppert is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College and her research focuses on U.S. film and television history, with special attention to the ways media history intersects with politics of gender and race. She teaches a variety of film and media studies courses at Ursinus, including Hollywood Stardom and Celebrity Culture, African American Film, Hitchcock, Teen Film, and Sex, Gender, and the 1980s.

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