The Union Recorder

March 4, 2013

Smithsonian film set for screening at Georgia College

GCSU Communications

MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia College will host an exclusive screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary “Elephant King.”

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to watch the film at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Arts and Sciences Building Auditorium.

The Smithsonian Channel will premiere the documentary on Wednesday, and only Georgia College has been chosen to host a private screening the next day.

The documentary explores Dr. Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell’s research on social relationships among elephants living in the southern African country of Namibia.

In the film, O’Connell-Rodwell can be seen working in the elephant communities sometimes only a few feet from the gigantic creatures.

The Smithsonian Channel is using the film as part of its women’s history month special celebrating women in science.

O’Connell-Rodwell is the Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Distinguished Scholar for spring 2013.

She is a faculty member of Stanford University’s School of Medicine and a world-renowned expert on elephants.

Over the last 20 years, she has dedicated her research to studying elephant communication and how their societies are constructed and maintained.

For more information, send an email to To preview the trailer for the documentary go to

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