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S18A9 The Fifties and Sixties in Science Fiction Film

The 1950s and 1960s are sometimes seem as polar opposite decades; the first as buttoned-down, smooth, corporate and quietest, the second as wildly hedonistic and out of control. Popular film suggests something else: continuing disquiet, multiple trains of thought, subtle analysis of a difficult period when man stared into the abyss. This course will use four science fiction films, which were box-office successes, as tools to probe the popular culture of these two decades, during which many of the sensibilities of the modern era were formed. Because of the length of the films, and to allow sufficient discussion of their themes, four classes of 2 ½ hours will be offered. Come join us for an extravaganza of giant robots, pod people, homicidal computers, a bomb-ridin' cowboy pilot and the making of our times.

Instructor: Morgan Liddick is an archivist at the Augusta Military Academy Museum. A graduate of the University of Washington and the University of California, he has been a U.S. Foreign Service officer in various countries and has taught US History and Western Civilization in Texas and Colorado. He writes for the Waynesboro News-Virginian and for the Summit Daily News in Frisco, Colorado.

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For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.

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