Penelope Spheeris won’t speak at Emory because of Paris attacks

Director Penelope Spheeris will not participate in the Saturday screenings of her documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization" trilogy at Emory University.

Matthew H. Bernstein, the Goodrich C. White Professor and Chair, Department of Film and Media Studies, Emory University Department of Film and Media Studies, said in an email that Spheeris is ill and “too upset about the Paris shootings.”

The program, otherwise, will continue as planned.

Spheeris is the director of the cult classics “Wayne’s World” and “Dudes.”

She has been in town as part of the series of events sponsored by Emory’s Department of Film and Media Studies and the Center for Creativity and the Arts.

Spheeris was to participate in the screening of the second part , “The Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years”, at 4 p.m., followed by a question and answer session in White Hall. At 7:30 p.m. the final segment of the trilogy was to be shown with an introduction by Spheeris.

All events are free and open to the public.

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