Monday, February 3, 2014

Buck graduation centennial continues with documentary viewing

This week, Randolph College will continue its celebration of the centennial anniversary of Pearl S. Buck’s graduation with a viewing of East Wind, West Wind, a documentary about her life.

East Wind, West Wind: Pearl Buck, the Woman Who Embraced the World will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday in Nichols Theatre. Frances Webb ’77, Lipscomb Library’s reference librarian, and Elizabeth Lipscomb, a former English professor from the College, will host the screening and will be available to take questions afterward.

The documentary, about 85 minutes long, tells the story of Buck’s life through interviews with Buck’s contemporaries and scholars of Asia. It includes fascinating footage of rural and urban China.

Buck, a member of the Class of 1914, was one of the best-known authors of the 20th century. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Pulitzer Prize.

The College started a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Buck’s graduation in November, when Anchee Min, author of Pearl of China, spoke at the College. For more information about the celebration, see