Film The Minority Report – Tuesday 1/31 at 7pm

Please join us for the third film in the 2011-2012 Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series:

The Minority Report

Tuesday 1/31 at 7pm in Rausch Auditorium

Film screening followed by discussion with Alisa Kessel (Politics and Government), Justin Tiehen (Philosophy), and Ariela Tubert (Philosophy)

In the year 2054, crimes in Washington, D.C. are solved by “PreCrime”, a specialized police unit that apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs”.  The cast includes Tom Cruise as PreCrime captain John Anderton, Colin Farrell as Department of Justice agent Danny Witwer, Samantha Morton as the senior precog Agatha, and Max von Sydow as Anderton’s superior Lamar Burgess.  Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.

 2011-2012 Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series

This year’s film series traces the theme of freedom and self-determination through different contexts; through imagined futures, ‘actual’ futures, and past memories; through the supernatural and the profoundly human.  Each of these films, in its own way, asks what it means to be free and calls us to reflect upon our capacities for self-determination.  Two of the films are based on stories by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, who also wrote the short story upon which Bladerunner, one of last year’s films, is based.

Showing later in the semester:

Tues 2/28:  The Battle of Algiers

Tues 4/3:  A Scanner Darkly

Tues 4/24:   Breaking the Code

The first two films in the series were A Clockwork Orange and V for Vendetta (shown in fall 2011)

Writing Awards!

Submit your best papers for the Writing Excellence Awards

Deadline: February 2nd, 2012 by 5pm

Here is the information from the Center for Writing, Learning and Teaching:

To encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines, the Writing Excellence prizes will be awarded again this year.

A total of nine prizes ($250.00 each) will be awarded:

  • Two prizes in each category: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • One prize each for Freshman Seminars, Connections, and Graduate Programs

For more information: