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Drury’s humanities film series returns to examine underpinnings of democracy 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 7, 2018 — Drury’s Humanities and Arts Film Series will return this this weekend to kick off its seventh annual season at the Moxie Cinema with the theme “Humanities and Democracy.”

This season the series features five films addressing the nature and foundations of democracy in the United States and abroad. All screenings will be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and will be followed by brief question-and-answer discussions led by Drury faculty members. Thanks to the continued support of Drury’s Humanities and Ethics Center and the Moxie, tickets are again just $5.

This season’s lineup includes two timely films showing this November:


Goodnight and Good Luck (2005) – Nov. 10

Hosted by Dr. Jonathan Groves, professor of communication

As Drury professor Dr. Jonathan Groves observes, “Before Woodward and Bernstein, there was Edward R. Murrow. In the 1950s, Murrow’s reports on CBS’s ‘See It Now’ challenged U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was exploiting fears of communism for political gain. This Oscar-nominated film is more than a chronicle of this important historical battle of values; it questions the very nature of television and its impact on our society.” 


State of the Union (1948) – Nov. 17

Hosted by Dr. Katherine Gilbert, professor of English

This classic film by Frank Capra follows the rise and fall of aspiring presidential candidate Grant Matthews. Lacking in political experience, Matthews acts on the counsel of various advisors but soon finds himself caught up in a web of deals, special interests and corruption. A tale of personal tragedy and realization, the film examines the moral underpinnings of the American political systems of the day.


In the spring, the series will resume with three more films:

  • Selma (2014), directed by Ava DuVernay and hosted by Dr. Richard Schur
  • Smith Goes to Washington (1939), directed by Frank Capra and hosted by Dr. Dan Ponder
  • No (2012), directed by Pablo Larraín and hosted by Dr. Tim Robbins.

“This tradition would not be possible without the support of the Missouri Humanities Council, the Moxie Cinema and the Springfield community,” says Dr. Kevin Henderson, associate professor and chair of English, who is the director of the film series. “We are grateful to everyone for coming out to be a part of this popular community event.”

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