The ECC Film and Lecture Series will host a guest speaker and screen the film “Thelma & Louise” Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center.

The event — which will mark Women’s History Month — is free and open to the public.

Professor Barbara Baum-gartner will give a guest lecture before the film. Baumgartner is a senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University, where she teaches the course “Before Thelma and Louise: American Women Adventure Stories.”

She has published articles on 19th-century American women’s literature, including a recent publication on Emily Dickinson’s use of the brain in her poetry. Her teaching includes courses on women’s literature, women’s health, and women in science. She is also the Associate Director for the Washington University Prison Education Project.

“Thelma & Louise” is a 1991 American road film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who embark on a road trip with unforeseen consequences.

The film received six Academy Award nominations and won one for Best Original Screenplay for Khouri. At its release the film stirred controversy, but it is now considered a classic and became a landmark of feminist film. In 2016, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

The ECC Film and Lecture Series, under the Patrons of the Arts, presents film screenings, panel discussions, presentations and performances throughout the academic year. For more information, contact Leigh Kolb at leigh.kolb@eastcentral.edu or 636-584-6643.