September 19, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 19, 2014 — Drury University’s Humanities & Ethics Center has announced its fall calendar of events, including a book series, a film series in conjunction with the Moxie Cinema, and a speaker series. All activities are open to the public.
The theme for the upcoming year is #humgoespop or “Humanities Goes Pop,” which seeks to highlight how popular culture explores the study of human culture.
Now in its second year, the Humanities & Ethics Center hopes to engage students and local residents by promoting open discussions about various humanistic ideas and values. The Center’s innovative outreach efforts are in part a response to misperceptions about the field in light of a national focus on science, technology and business education during tough economic times. Discussions about values and ethics in many ways become even more essential during such times, say faculty.
“The Humanities are not mere ‘ivory tower’ issues, but the central questions of morality, memory, existence and character that ordinary people grapple with every day,” says Dr. Richard Schur, professor of English at Drury. “Attending the Center’s events makes humanities inquiry come alive and helps us understand how historical, religious, philosophical, and literary debates affect us in our everyday lives.”
“Humanities Goes Pop” Fall 2014 event calendar
Sept. 23, noon – Book Discussion Series – Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library
“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Burt Royal
Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. – Humanities Night at the Theatre – Wilhoit Theater
“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”
Discussion of the play led by Dr. Peter Meidlinger (English) and Madison Spencer (Theater)
Oct. 25, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema
“On The Waterfront”
Dr. Kevin Henderson (English) will lead a discussion following the film
Oct. 28, noon – Book Discussion Series – Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
Nov. 6, 11 a.m. – Thinking Aloud Series – Olin Room, Olin Library
Dr. Patrick Moser, “Research in the Classroom”
Nov. 8, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema
“The Spirit of the Beehive”
Dr. Heidi Backes (Spanish) will lead a discussion following the film.
Nov. 15, 1 p.m. – Moxie Film Series – Moxie Cinema
“Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”
Dr. Peter Meidlinger (English) and Jess Heugel will lead a discussion following the film
Academic programs under Drury’s humanities division include communication, English, history, languages, library science and philosophy & religion. For more information about the Humanities at Drury or upcoming events, visit the division’s web page, read the “Human, All Too Human” blog, or follow on Twitter and Facebook.