The Washburn University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society, begins its Historical Film Nights series this week. Each of the movie viewings is free and open to the public. A discussion of the film’s historical context follows each screening.
The group presents Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Henderson Learning Resources Center room 308.
Tom Prasch, professor and chairperson of the Washburn Department of History, advises the group. Of the first film he said: “Can nuclear holocaust be played out as comedy? Director Stanley Kubrick proves that it can in the manic dark comedy Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb.” The movie was release in 1964 and features Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott and Slim Pickens. “Kubrick's film sends up Cold War politics and fear of nuclear annihilation in hilarious fashion.”
Other showings planned in the Historical Film Night series, also at 7 p.m. in Henderson 308:
Oct. 22: Pablo Larrain's No (2012; that year's Oscar-nominated film from Chile), about the country's referendum to oust dictator General Pinochet.
Nov. 4-9: Phi Alpha Theta is recognizing the work of Gordon Parks.
Monday, Nov. 4: Half Past Autumn (documentary on Parks, 2000)
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Tuesday, Learning Tree (1969)
Wednesday, Nov. 6: Leadbelly (1976)
Thursday, Nov. 7: Solomon Northrup's Odyssey: 12 Years A Slave (1984).
Friday, Nov. 8: Shaft (1971)
Saturday Nov. 9: Shaft's Big Score (1972)
Dec. 10: Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), to help student relax during finals week.
Tom Prasch, professor and chair, history, 785-670-1892
Michaela Saunders, university relations, 785-670-2154