There are few things that capture the attention better than film, as so many of the experiences, concerns, and hopes that humanists chronicle and study are deeply embedded in that medium. Owing to this richness, it is unfortunate that in our culture films are often simply consumed, enjoyed briefly, and then forgotten. By linking up with Springfield’s non-profit Moxie Cinema, we hope to put these films and the enduring humanistic questions at their core back into the spotlight through community-centered Socratic dialogues about film.
The Humanities and Ethics Center, with a grant from the Missouri Arts Council, will host several screenings of films with pre- and post-film discussions (30 minutes each). Each screening will occur at the Moxie Cinema starting at 1pm:
November 9, 2013: Dr. Chris Panza presents Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957)
November 16, 2013: Dr. Katherine Gilbert presents Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1955)
March 29, 2014: Dr. Kevin Henderson presents Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948)
April 5, 2014: Dr. Hue-Ping Chin presents Ki-Duk Kim’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (2003)
April 12, 2014: Dr. Elizabeth Nichols presents Chris Rock’s Good Hair (2009)