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Community Read of "Nomadland" launches Nov. 16

mbruun | Tue Nov 9, 2021

Fitchburg State University will launch its 2021-22 Community Read of the acclaimed book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century with a screening of the Academy Award-winning film it inspired.

The screening, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday,  Nov. 16, will take place in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Associate Professor Kevin McCarthy of the university’s Communications Media Department.

The event is free and open to the public, though face coverings are required inside campus buildings and visitors are asked to attest they are free of COVID-19 symptoms. For those unable to attend in person, the discussion at 5:30 p.m. will be livestreamed at or can be joined by phone by calling (US) +1 470-466-0261‬, PIN: ‪988 743 157‬#

The film Nomadland won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Chloe Zhao) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and was nominated in several other categories.

Throughout the academic year, Fitchburg State’s Community Read of Nomadland will look at Jessica Bruder’s celebrated non-fiction book from a variety of perspectives. Bruder’s book introduces readers to an array of older Americans who, finding their Social Security benefits insufficient, take to the roads in recreational vehicles, travel trailers and vans, to work itinerant jobs. The book has been described as a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy, as well as a tale of exceptional resilience and creativity.

To learn more about the book and upcoming Community Read events, visit