February 06, 2012

Spring 2012 Philosophy and Film Series begins Feb. 14

Posted: February 06, 2012
"Precious", an Oscar-winning film about an overweight, illiterate teen who enrolls in an alternative school in hopes of a new life, commences the Spring 2012 Philosophy and Film Series. Image courtesy of Lionsgate

The Philosophy and Film Series at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus enters its third year with films that hope to provoke thought and dialogue.

A feature-length film will be shown this month and again in April during spring semester. Both films begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a 30-minute lecture and question and answer session.

Sponsored by ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences, the series is free of charge and open to the public.

“The Philosophy and Film Series began as an ongoing discussion about how we might make philosophy more accessible to the university at large and to the general public,” said James Wermers, English instructor, who founded the series. “Our hope is that this series makes philosophy more accessible by serving as a catalyst for philosophical wonder beyond the confines of the academy.”

The film series is as follows:

"Precious" (2009)
6:30 to 9 p.m., Feb. 14, Cronkite 128
Lecture by James Wermers
"Precious" is about an overweight, illiterate teen from Harlem who enrolls in an alternative school in hopes of a new life.

"Nosferatu" (1922)
6:30 to 9 p.m., April 11, location TBD
Lecture by Mark Haunschild
"Nosferatu" is a silent classic based on the story of Dracula.

For more information email phifilmasu@gmail.com.

Marshall Terrill, Marshall.Terrill@asu.edu
480-727-5176
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