News from MacMurray College
Faculty member organizes film series
Pairs with public library for monthly screenings
The Jacksonville Public Library and MacMurray College are co-sponsoring a film series free and open to all.
The Humanities Film Series kicks off its inaugural year with “Perspectives on War,” screenings of four seminal war films and discussion periods hosted by MacMurray faculty and the director of the Public Library.
The screenings, which are 6-9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, are free and open to the public and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Jacksonville Public Library.
“These films reveal the human condition, particularly in relation to the experience and effect of war,” said Chris Strangeman, assistant professor of history at MacMurray, who organized the series. “The series will give people in the area a chance to screen superb films and discuss them with others in the community who are interested in film.”
The four films are:
- Oct. 17, 2013: Gallipoli – set in the failure of the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I, this movie depicts the loss of innocence and the coming of age of the Australian soldiers and of their country. It was an early lead role for actor Mel Gibson. Discussion led by Dr. Strangeman.
- Nov. 14, 2013: Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace – portrays the extraordinary courage of Dietich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who resisted the Nazi extermination of the Jews and was involved in a plot to kill Hitler, for which he was hung. Discussion led by Eric Berg, MacMurray associate professor of philosophy and religion.
- Jan. 16, 2014: Chocolat – set in France after the trauma of World War II, this magical romance is a charming, light-hearted fable starring Johnny Depp. Discussion led by Jeannie Zeck, MacMurray associate professor of English.
- Feb. 13, 2014: Paths of Glory – This 1957 anti-war classic, directed by Stanley Kubrick and staring Kirk Douglas, tells the story of French soldiers who refuse to continue a suicide attack and are court-martialed. Discussion led by Chris Ashmore, director of the Jacksonville Public Library.
“These films are some of the best films on the experience of war – and in general on human nature under stress,” said Chris Ashmore, director of the Jacksonville Public Library. “We expect that the viewings of these films and discussions afterwards will enrich the arts and humanities opportunities in Jacksonville and the area.”