Hartwick To Screen Film on Alcoholism

March 18, 2011

On Tuesday, March 22, Hartwick College will host a free public screening of My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

This tender, shocking documentary tells the story of Bette--a feminist, nurse, wife, and mother who died from alcoholism in 2007. The film employs interviews with family members and friends, her medical records and police file, and family photographs to track the development of her alcoholism. It will forever change your view of drinking.

Following the screening, all are invited to join in a discussion with Sherri VandenAkker, Bette's daughter, who wrote and directed the film. The film was co-produced by VandenAkker and Josh Hays.

Sherri VandenAkker, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Boston campus of the School for Human Services at Springfield College, where she teaches writing and literature. She lives north of Boston with her husband and their two children.

This event is sponsored by the Hartwick College 2010-11 Consumption campus theme.

For more information, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at 607-431-4666 or

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Contact: Christopher Lott
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