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Events Schedule:   Upcoming Ursula Parrott "Becoming the Ex-Wife" Events

September 27 (Weds), 7pm The Divorcee Introduction at Union Cinema, Milwaukee.

September 28 (Th), 6:30pm Book reading + signing, Boswell Books, Milwaukee.

September 30 (Sat), Introductions University of Wisconsin Madison Cinematheque

           6pm There's Always Tomorrow (1934)

           8pm There's Always Tomorrow (1956)

Oct 4 (Wed), 6pm, Discussion and book signing with Cara Robertson, Chevalier's

            Bookstore, Larchmont/Los Angeles. Hold a spot here.

Oct 5 (Thurs), 1pm, Ursula Parrott Talk at LA Public Library (Central Library, 630 W.

           5th Street, Meeting Room A)

Oct 7 (Sat), 12pm, Art Deco Society sponsored "Ursula Parrott in Hollywood

           lecture at Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Oct 8 (Sun), 7pm screening introduction of the pre-code rarity Leftover Ladies (1931)

           on 35mm (loaned by Library of Congress) at the Hammer Museum/UCLA                   archives.

Oct 25 (Wed), 7pm, There's Always Tomorrow (1956) introduction, 

            Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY.

Oct 26 (Th), 5:30pm Ursula Parrott book talk + film clips, New York Public Library for

            the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center. Amsterdam Ave. between West 64th

            and 65th, Bruno Walter Auditorium.

Oct 27 (Fr), 7pm talk at private club in Manhattan.  Contact me directly for more


Oct 28 (Sa), 1pm Next Time We Love intro + book signing,

             Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria Queens.

Nov 9 (Th), 4pm Ursula Parrott lecture

           7pm screening of The Divorcee (1930), Michigan State University.

Nov 10 (Fri), University of Chicago.

        4pm Ursula Parrott Lecture

        7pm Screening of There's Always Tomorrow (1956), plus book signing 

Nov 11 (Sat) 2pm There's Always Tomorrow (1956) introduction + book signing,

           Carolina Theater, Durham.

Nov 29 (Weds), Ursula Parrott lecture, Boston Athanaeum

Nov 30 (Thurs), 6pm Parrott lecture + book signing, Harvard Club

March 5 (Tues), 7pm "Why You Should Start Teaching Ursula Parrott's Ex-Wife.

             National Humanities Center Webinar. Registration (free) here.

Past Parrott Events:

April 25 So & So Books with Belle Boggs. 

April 26 The Divorcee screening + book talk with Tift Merritt, The Cary Theater. 

April 27 Lecture at the University of Maryland, College Park and screening     

              of Next Time We Love (1936), Old Greenbelt Theater

April 29 Book talk +  intro of There's Always Tomorrow National Gallery of Art.  

April 30 Book signing + double-feature--There's Always Tomorrow (1934) + The

               Divorcee (1930)--AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.

Aug 27 Introduction of Next Time We Love + book signing, Chelsea Theater,

                Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 31 Book talk, Introduction of There's Always Tomorrow, and Q&A, Indiana

                  University Cinema, Bloomington.

Sept 1  Book talk at Case Western Reserve + Introduction of Next Time We Love at

             Cleveland Cinematheque.

I am a Film Studies professor at North Carolina State University who loves researching, writing, and speaking about American film and culture. I regularly introduce movies, moderate panels, make radio and podcast appearances, and lecture on an array of topics.

My latest book, Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life & Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott (2023), was supported by a National Humanities Center Fellowship (2019-2020) and NEH Public Scholar Fellowship (2020-2021).

I am also the author of Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies and Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age, and the co-editor of Learning with the Lights Off: A Reader in Educational Film and Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film. I am the former editor of The Moving Image journal. 

I have co-directed three short documentaries: Nestin(2020), about a bird’s nest and historical small-town American newspapers; All the Possibilities... (2019), about a single, extraordinary painting by Vernon Pratt; and Rendered Small  (2017), about a unique collection of American Folk Art Buildings. My latest documentary-in-progress is This Beautiful Vision.

From December 2013 to November 2020, I did the monthly radio show, “Movies on the Radio,” on NPR affiliate WUNC’s "The State of Things." I also co-founded Home Movie Day Raleigh and the infamous Bastard Film Encounter.

I've given talks all over the United States as well as in London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Prague.  I've introduced films at the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Hammer Museum, the Czech National Film Archive, the Austrian Film Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and many other venues.

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Ursula Media:

Listen to my Lost Ladies of Lit Parrott Podcast or check out my other recent podcasts.

Watch my "Ursula Parrott in Two Minutes" video.

Check out Adam Sobsey's review of "Becoming the Ex-Wife" at the LA Review of Books.

One of the highlights of my career was getting to go with Vice Provost Susan Nutter to the White House in June 2016 to accept the National Medal for Museum and Library Service on behalf of NCSU’s amazing libraries from one of the women I admire most, First Lady Michelle Obama.







1. Motion Pictures . . . A little black circular object sits in Gordon’s office. At first glance, it looks like an ashtray, but it’s a miniature zoetrope. Spin it and images drawn by one of her students bring to life a howling wolf. It’s a nice reminder of how students surprise her. “More often than not, I’m surprised what students end up appreciating that I think they are going to be dismissive of,” says Gordon.

2. Hard to Pick a Favorite, but . . . Gordon loves teaching classics like Rebel Without a Cause, by one of her favorite directors, Nicholas Ray. Or director Douglas Sirk’s melodramas and Sam Fuller’s war movies. Fuller, in fact, gets a nod above her desk with a framed picture of Lee Marvin from the set of the director’s The Big Red One. She wrote a book about Fuller and was able to meet his wife and daughter. “They were generous enough to allow me into their home archive,” she says. “I remember the first time I was in that space of his former writing studio, I just felt like this was like a religious experience.”



"Desk Set," by Chis Saunders

The Alumni Magazine NC State, Winter 2018 

Who: Marsha Gordon, professor and coordinator of the film program at NC State since 2002. She teaches courses ranging in focus from musicals and war documentaries to African-American film and literature and cinema. And she’s a director to boot. Gordon just made her first documentary, Rendered Small.

Office: Tompkins 257


3. An Eye for Art . . . A lamp designed to look like a dress is a piece of folk art. “One of my secondary life interests is the world of art and collecting,” she says. She once worked at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. It’s that interest that led her to the subjects of her documentary, Rendered Small, which chronicles a Hillsborough, N.C., couple’s vast collection of miniature buildings.

4. Period Pieces . . . A movie poster featuring Clara Bow, an early 20th century film star, hangs on the wall. “If you were to say, ‘What’s your favorite period of time in film history?’ America film from the Twenties to the Fifties,” she says.

5. Wall of Women . . . Bow is just one of many powerful females adorning walls all around in the cinephile’s digs. There’s a picture of Judy Garland and a poster of Donna Summer. There’s a boxed-up Eva Gabor wig (Gordon will offer to let you wear it) and a picture of Wonder Woman, Gordon’s hero growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley. And directly above her desk hangs a picture of Diana Serra Cary, a child star of the early 1900s. She went by the name of Baby Peggy, and Gordon got to interview her 12 years ago. The picture features Serra Cary’s autograph.


Department of English
North Carolina State University


Tel 919-515-4164


Mailing Address:

Dept. of English--CB 8105

Raleigh, NC 27695-8105

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