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 Humanities 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:
October 25, 2014: Dr. Kevin Henderson presents Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954)
November 8, 2014: Dr. Heidi Backes presents Victor Erice's The Spirits of the Beehive (1973)
November 15, 2014: Dr. Peter Meidlinger and Jess Heugel present Stanley Kurbick's Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
February 21, 2015: Dr. Rich Schur presents A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
April 11, 2015: Professor Charlyn Ingwerson presents Asghar Hatami's A Separation (2012)
April 18, 2015: Dr. Teresa Hornsby and Dr. Ray Patton present Sini Anderson's The Punk Singer