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Actress Meryl Streep To Accept IU Honorary Degree

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Meryl Streep plans to visit Indiana University in April to receive an honorary doctoral degree from IU and speak as a part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture series.

She will accept the degree in a ceremony before her lecture at the IU Auditorium on April 16 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event are required but free, and available beginning March 3 at the IU Auditorium Box Office.

Streep's husband, sculptor Don Gummer, is an Indiana native and has many pieces of his work featured around the state, including at the IU Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses.

Throughout the month the IU Cinema will screen some of Streep's films:

  • 7 p.m. April 7, "The Iron Lady" -- This portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom's first and only female prime minister won Streep an Academy Award.
  • 6:30 p.m. April 13, "Silkwood" -- A woman discovers a corporate cover-up of radiation leaks in the plutonium processing plant where she works.
  • 7 p.m. April 15, "August: Osage County" -- The strong-willed women of the Weston family come back to the Midwest house they grew up in after a family crisis looms.
  • 7 p.m. April 16, "A Prairie Home Companion" -- Streep and Lily Tomlin star as the Johnson Sisters, a country duet that has survived the county-fair circuit.
  • 6:30 p.m. April 17, "Sophie's Choice" -- Streep received an Academy Award for her portrayal in this drama set in 1947 post-World War II Brooklyn.
  • 6:30 p.m. April 27, "Music of the Heart" -- A single mother with talent and determination teaches violin to students in a tough inner-city neighborhood.
  • 3 p.m. May 3, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- Streep voices Mrs. Fox, whose idyllic home life is disrupted when her husband slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief.


And if you can't wait to see Meryl Streep in person, here's a video that shows off a little bit of her talent.

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