October 2017  Lecture

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Mon., October 9, 2017, 6 pm, Lecture Series on

"Humanities in Community"

On second Mondays monthly -- excepting semester and summer breaks -- a Liberal Arts professor/instructor from the UW-Madison or Madison College will explore issues or topics and invite Q&A. See posters in our archive for descriptions of previous lectures.                                           _____________________________________

Topic: "Utopia" by Thomas More -- as text, subtext and horror

If you missed this lecture, or wish to watch it again, find it stored on Youtube at (ignore the "no signal" warning):

https://youtu.be/d6QUAdlNdDw

Lecturer: Madison College English Instructor, Jack Opel, Ph.D., UW-Madison

"The impact of the recent horror film “Get Out” reminds us of horror’s power to touch deep cultural anxieties with both shock and finesse.  We sometimes refer to these connections as “text and subtext,” the social frame from which a narrative draws much of its power. 

 

"In this presentation, we will consider Thomas More’s Utopia (1516), an imagined conversation with the fictitious traveler Raphael Hytholdeus and his account of the “well and wisely governed” kingdom, Utopia. (online text, Audiobook reading_4-hour, 6-hour) 

 

"More’s text was a critical broadside into European culture, and the ingenuity of his method clarifies how ideas like text and subtext represent a careful, reflexive way of thinking about troubling contradictions in society and opens new approaches to often intransigent problems. 

 

"From there, we can consider the history of the horror genre, especially in the United States and especially in film, with an eye towards reimagining classic horror formulas for the present day."

 

Google link to best quotes including More, and from More only. "A Man of All Seasons," a movie about the life and death of Sir Thomas More, won best picture in 1967.

 

When opened online, the attached files (pdf) contained live links, too.

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ATTACHMENTS:

 For downloading, printing and distributing as convenient, you will find two sizes of flyers designed both as handouts to remind friends and as large or small posters for bulletin boards in your neighborhood coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, apartments, etc.

"Utopia" by Sir Thomas More (poster size)
In this October, 9, 2017 lecture, Jack Opel, Ph.D. UW-Madison, who teaches English literature at Madison College, discusses "Utopia" as text, subtext and horror.

This "Humanities in Community" series continues monthly on 2nd Mondays, 6 pm, during the Fall-Spring semesters.

This 8 1/2" x 11" poster has two sides
2017-10-09_Humanities_UTOPIA_1d-POSTER_2[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [963.9 KB]
"Utopia" by Sir Thomas More (2-flyers per sheet)
In this October, 9, 2017 lecture, Jack Opel, Ph.D. UW-Madison, who teaches English literature at Madison College, discusses "Utopia" as text, subtext and horror.

This "Humanities in Community" series continues monthly on 2nd Mondays, 6 pm, during the Fall-Spring semesters.

These flyers have has two sides
2017-10-09_Humanities_UTOPIA_2-flyers_2-[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [920.1 KB]

Grow yOur Voice !

Goodman Center Discussions (through senior program but open to all adults):

Philosophy and short fiction discussions alternate biweekly  on Tuesdays

  • in BOLZ B
  • 10:15 AM - 11:30

Movies

  • Goodman: Bolz B weekly after senior lunch on many Thursdays
  • Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jenifer St.: Often...

Mondays -- after seniors' lunch and/or 

Saturdays -- after the community lunch on (showing about 12:30-1 pm)

 

"Humanities in Community" lectures monthly on 2nd Mondays, 6 pm to 7:30-8. See posters in our archive for descriptions of previous lectures.

Open to adults, in Bolz B at Goodman Community Center:

149 Waubesa St.

Madison, WI 53704

608-241-1574

 

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100 Basic Philosophical Terms
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Philosophical Analysis
'Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.' -- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
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