Panel discussion on women in journalism to precede screening of HIS GIRL FRIDAY at UAlbany, March 3, 2017

Panelists include Lydia Kulbida, Casey Seiler, Rosemary Armao, and Marion Roach Smith

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Still from film HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940, directed by Howard Hawks)

ALBANY, NY (02/28/2017) (readMedia)-- A panel of local journalists including Lydia Kulbida, Casey Seiler, Rosemary Armao, and Marion Roach Smith will discuss the challenges facing women in journalism prior to the screening of the film HIS GIRL FRIDAY (United States, 1940, 92 minutes, b/w, directed by Howard Hawks) on Friday, March 3, 2017, in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany's downtown campus. The panel discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the film screening starting at 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, the screening is free and open to the public.

In HIS GIRL FRIDAY a newspaper editor uses every trick he can think of to stop his top reporter-and ex-wife-from quitting journalism and hopping a train to Albany to marry another man with the intention of settling into a new life as a housewife. A battle of the sexes, this fast-paced comedy with overlapping dialogue was adapted by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur from their Broadway hit The Front Page. The film stars Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. Chicago Reader reviewer Dave Kehr described Cary Grant's performance as "...truly virtuoso- stunning technique applied to the most challenging material." The American Film Institute ranked HIS GIRL FRIDAY at #19 in its list of the best American comedies of all time. A new high-definition digital restoration of HIS GIRL FRIDAY will be shown.

Rosemary Armao, a star of WAMC's "The Roundtable," is the Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany. She is a former Executive Director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and former President of the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Lydia Kulbida, broadcast journalist, joined NEWS10 in September 2009, with almost a decade's worth of broadcasting experience in the Capital Region. She co-anchors News10ABC at 4 p.m. with Elisa Streeter and also co-anchors News10ABC at 6 p.m. and FOX23 News at 10 p.m. with John Gray.

Casey Seiler is the Times Union's state editor and columnist, and previously served as the paper's entertainment editor.

Marion Roach Smith is the author of four books, and former staffer at The New York Times. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Prevention, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She has been a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered" and a talk show host on Sirius Satellite Radio.

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