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Dphi enriches Denver’s intellectual and cultural life through programs that reframe our perspectives, challenge our assumptions, and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture.
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ECLECTIC PRESENTATIONS, DISCUSSION, WINE, AND CHEESE
Night of Ideas occurs simultaneously each year in over 20 cities across the globe. Denver's Night of Ideas will delve into topics including the sounds of environmental restoration, climate change, existential crises, free speech, religious nationalism, Hinduism and ideological fault lines across geographic space.
Listen to short presentations by scholars from across disciplines, and then choose whose table to join for dinner. Change tables through the night and learn with each group, or take a deep dive into a single topic for the whole evening.
This event is free and open to the public so there is no RSVP required, but they do help us a lot with planning! RSVP at www.AFDenver.org.
Tivoli Adirondacks (Room 440)
900 Auraria Parkway
6:30pm, February 27th, 2024
Co-Sponsored by the Alliance Française Denver, Consulat Général de France à Los Angeles, and Villa Albertine
Film Screening and Discussion (w/ live piano accompaniment)
A Fool There Was (1915) was previously thought to be be the oldest surviving vampire film. Recently, MSU Denver's Dr. James Aubrey rediscovered the reel for an even earlier film, The Vampire (1913) in the archives of the George Eastman Museum. Join us for a one-of-a-kind screening on the original 35mm film, with live piano accompaniment by students at MSU Denver Music program. Both films will be screened, and Drs. Aubrey and Vincent Piturro will lead a discussion after each.
SIE Film Center
6:30pm, March 4th, 2024
No RSVP needed, just show up to the theater 15 minutes prior to the showing and let the ticket desk know you're with Dphi! But, if you'd like to reserve a space for yourself and your friends early, just email email@example.com.
Sponsored by MSU Denver Film and Media Studies
Film Screening and Discussion
Martyrs sees a woman who, after having been kidnapped and tortured as a child, goes to kill her supposed captors, and with her friend discovers the dark truth behind the torture. At it's premiere, Martyr incited audience walkouts due to its graphic and disturbing content.
After the film, we will be joined for a discussion by Dr. Jean Michel Rabate, who will also deliver his keynote lecture "Lessons from Horror" the next day on Auraria Campus.
SIE Film Center
6:30pm, March 6th, 2024
No RSVP needed, just show up to the theater 15 minutes prior to the showing and let the ticket desk know you're with Dphi!
"We live in a culture in which cruelty is not only accepted but endorsed. Those who worry about horror, violence, and mass murders, force viewers to perceive ethical stakes hidden by the cruel spectacles that surround us. Nevertheless, I will analyze examples suggesting that we can learn from Horror; exploding the values underpinning basic social institutions like the family or questioning the food we eat (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), colonialist violence and the genocides perpetrated in the name of civilization (Cannibal Holocaust), and the mixture of pain and pleasure Lacan called jouissance (Martyrs). These issues will find a theoretical site by combining insights derived from Jean-Luc Nancy’s posthumous book Cruor and Touria Mignotte’s exploration of the unconscious in Cruelty, Sexuality, and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis."
Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, co-editor of the Journal of Modern Literature, and co-founder of Slought Foundation in Philadelphia. Since 2008, he has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has authored or edited over fifty books on modernism, psychoanalysis, philosophy and literary theory.
900 Auraria Pkwy, Room 420
2:00pm, March 7th, 2024
Join us for performances of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream during Spring Fling!
11am and 1pm
April 17th, 2024
Sponsored by the Denver Center for Performing Arts
Noam Chomsky, Conversation with D-phi at MSU Denver