Monsters, Mobsters, and Metaphysics: Philosophical Issues in Film | Newberry

Monsters, Mobsters, and Metaphysics: Philosophical Issues in Film

Thursday, December 7, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Stephen Asma, Columbia College
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

We love our gangster movies, especially in Chicago. And we pay good money to be frightened and terrified in our horror films. But deeper themes emerge when we explore the philosophical ideas embedded in Hollywood movies and TV shows. How are values and ethical convictions contrasted and challenged in these movies? What do they say about meaning? How are ideas like nihilism, existentialism, hedonism, alienation, and even justice and happiness conveyed in stories like The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Shining, The Thing, The Walking Dead, and so on? In this program, Dr. Stephen Asma will analyze the philosophical ideas in the particular genres of horror and gangster films.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.