The Gettysburg College Philosophy and Film Seminar
My goal in creating the Gettysburg College Philosophy and Film Seminar was to provide an intimate setting where collegial and rigorous intellectual enrichment of an interdisciplinary nature could take place, organized around a specific cinematic theme, genre, or director. Inspired by my wonderful experiences with Gonzaga University's annual Faith, Film, and Philosophy Seminar, I wanted to bring that format - focused primarily on intensive discussion - to Gettysburg. Thanks to a generous grant from the Gettysburg College Philosophy Department's Norman F. Richardson Memorial Lectureship Fund, and in cooperation with the Cinema and Media Studies program, I was able to make this dream a reality. In addition to two days of seminar sessions, the GCPFS includes a keynote address, a Gettysburg College student panel, and a public screening and discussion of a film connected to the conference theme. Click the 'Archives' button below for information and photos from last year's conference!
2017 GCPFS - "Cinema and the Thought of Gender"
April 7 & 8, 2017
April 7 & 8, 2017
The second session of the GCPFS was titled 'Cinema and the Thought of Gender,' and it was, hands down, one of the best seminar experiences I've ever had, thanks in no small part to the participants. Professor Michele Schreiber, associate professor of film and media studies at Emory University, delivered a fascinating keynote address titled, 'The Abominable/Amazing Amy: Gender and the Politics of (Anti)Romance in David Fincher's Gone Girl.' The all-star lineup of seminar participants included filmmakers, as well as scholars from fields as diverse as philosophy, aesthetics, Spanish literature, East Asian languages and civilizations, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and cinema and media studies. The seminar papers were diversely themed and provoked tremendously fruitful discussion lasting well beyond the sessions. The Gettysburg students knocked it out of the park with a panel on gender in the films of Sofia Coppola. And Mandel Cabrera gave a public presentation of his work on the 'doubled woman' following the public screening of Hitchcock's Vertigo on Saturday evening. It was a wonderful and enriching weekend across the board, and I have already heard of new and exciting collaborations to have emerged from the seminar. Thank you so much to all who participated!