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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Actress to Speak at Duquesne University

Actress Mary Badham, who played the role of Louise ‘Scout’ Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, will visit Duquesne University on Monday.

A reception will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, in the lobby of Mellon Hall. Her program, geared to teachers and students, will be from 10 a.m. to noon in Mellon Hall.

Badham will share her Hollywood experiences and discuss how this work of literature remains relevant and enjoyable for young readers, students and teachers of today.

She was 10 years old when she created the role and was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actress in the film, which featured Gregory Peck as her character’s father, Atticus Finch. Author Harper Lee was on the set during the filming, and Badham will talk about these experiences, as well as the issues addressed in the book itself.

“The book is not about racism, but about overcoming prejudice with truth and standing up for truth,” said Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor in the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education at Duquesne, who arranged the event. “It’s seen through the eyes of three young children; that’s why it’s so very powerful.”

If you are interested in attending or interviewing Mary Badham, please contact Public Affairs at 412.396.6050.

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