Cinema & Religion Informal Class for the Community Returns
Article written by firstname.lastname@example.org on Jan. 13, 2017
AUSTIN, TX—Concordia University Texas (CTX) will again offer the informal course Cinema and Religion to the community on Monday nights beginning January 23, 2017. The class is held each week at 6:30 p.m. at The Moviehouse and Eatery in The Trails at 620 Shopping Center across from the University. The series begins with a special screening of the 2016 film The Vessel, starring Martin Sheen. Concordia is pleased to announce the filmmakers Julio and Marla Quintana have agreed to participate in a discussion after the screening.
The course will begin January 23 and will run every Monday through April 10 at the Moviehouse & Eatery. (The class will not meet on March 13 during Spring Break.) The non-credit course is free and open to registered members of the public who are invited to develop media literacy as co-learners alongside traditional college students. Through close examinations of popular films, the course helps people develop skills in discovering and analyzing religious themes in popular media fare.
The course is built around specific religious themes repeatedly found encoded in our culture’s popular cinematic narratives. Each week the class will examine an outstanding story artifact—a film that raises one or more of these profound religious questions for viewers. The experience will equip film audiences to analyze the story’s suggestions concerning the character of God, the search for transcendence, the struggle between revenge and forgiveness and the means and nature of redemption.
The class features a discussion following the examination of each night’s film lead by CTX professors Dr. Jake Youmans and Dr. Philip Hohle. For information on each night’s key question and the list of corresponding films, visit Dr. Hohle’s website. Details on an additional special screening and other guests are pending, but this site will update these as they are confirmed.
To register for any or all of these class sessions do not contact The Moviehouse & Eatery directly. Instead, simply email Professor Philip Hohle to register for the free course and to reserve a seat. Community learners have no assignments or attendance requirements. No college credit is awarded for the informal course.
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