Join us Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. CT for the third discussion in our On The Road series.
Responding to the couple-on-the-run subgenre, as well as the (male) buddy road movie that followed in its wake, Thelma & Louise was simultaneously celebrated and denigrated as “feminist manifesto” when it was first released. Thirty years later, some of the terms of that critical debate may be dated, but the enduring relevance of the film seem hardly diminished at all. Friends Thelma and Louise set out on a low-stakes weekend vacation from their constricted lives, only to find themselves committed to a radical rejection of the oppressive confines they have accepted as normal or inevitable for so long.
This series if free and open to the public. You will need to watch the films on your own, which may require some payment. But there is no cost to enroll and participate in our discussions.
The only requirements for attendance are good will, curiosity, an interest in sharing your ideas, and a hunger to learn from others. We hope that seasoned movie buffs will join our conversations, as well as individuals for whom watching a feature length film is an occasional or even rare event. In short: all are welcome!
Eva Fernandez, who has taught in the Graham School’s Basic Program since 1999, will lead our discussions. Ms. Fernandez is the 2011 recipient of the Graham School’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Her interests and enthusiasms span from classical to late medieval literature and philosophy, American literature, contemporary poetry, and film, especially horror and science fiction. Ms. Fernandez thinks that the pandemic offers an interesting perspective from which to contemplate what’s at stake in movies set on the road.
Participants are asked to watch the assigned film in advance, using the guiding questions to help prepare for the conversation. At the start of each session, which will meet remotely via Zoom, Ms. Fernandez will explain the format for the evening, provide some additional context, and offer a brief introduction of the film. Participants will then be broken out into smaller breakout groups, and Ms. Fernandez will rotate through those rooms. The entire group will then reconvene for a final discussion. Ms. Fernandez will conclude the evening with the entire group and provide some final commentary and points of reflection.
Coming soon: guiding questions for Thelma & Louise ›