In this pastiche piece, Peter Benson imagines his alter ego as a commentator at an on-campus forum discussing Jonah Hill’s new film, mid90s, with the filmmaker himself. Playing with screenwriting conventions and quoting heavily from the music, films and books of the era, Benson answers the question, “What did you think of the film?”
Literary monster-maker Victor LaValle spins stories that tap into contemporary and age-old fears. Rebecca Wanzo discusses three of these works — The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling and Destroyer — in the context of the everyday experience of blackness in America.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson takes on the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus for three linked lectures, Nov. 13-15. But first, Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities director Joseph Loewenstein introduces us to two of Robinson’s major works, citing the skills and stories that seized even a president’s attention.

During a 12-year period, filmmaker Claude Landzmann filmed interviews with the witnesses to the Holocaust, survivors, bystanders and perpetrators alike. He shot more than 230 hours of footage and included 9.5 hours of it in his magnum opus, Shoah (1985). The remaining archived material (95 percent of the total), writes scholar Erin McGlothlin, has been a boon to scholars of film and history.


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