Course Description

IN PERSON: This course will consist of in-depth discussions of five films: "The Birth of a Nation," "Show Boat," "High Noon," "Stagecoach" and "Oklahoma!" Each one tells a very particular story, but also manages to suggest a certain national self-understanding, representing issues central to the nation and its history. These issues include race, national unification, expansion, immigration, justice and individual morality. Participants will gain an appreciation for the ways in which classic American films not only entertained mass audiences but created, sometimes without intending to, intellectually rich, varied and morally challenging images of the American nation. A modest amount of supplementary reading will be provided by the instructor via email for each film. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 20.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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America in Classic Films
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Sep 13, 2023 to Nov 15, 2023
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Please note: Students will be expected to watch each film prior to class discussion. Films are available via various electronic formats, such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and others. *This class will not meet on November 8.

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