Cinematheque: Blade Runner
Wednesday, March 1, 2017,
Venue: Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
Cosponsored by Meteor Theater and the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology, this evening features a film followed by a short question and answer session with members of the industry. Discussion after the film with Peter J. Ingrao and Sabrina Starnaman About Blade Runner Released in 1982, Blade Runner is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. A loose film adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the film takes place in a dystopian Los Angeles where genetically-engineered replicants are manufactured for use on other planets. About the Discussion Leaders Professor Ingrao and Professor Starnaman will co-lead the discussion. Peter J. Ingrao teaches Exploration of the Humanities and American Literature, with a particular focus on literature of the American South, at UT Dallas where he was selected as a finalist for the President’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Ingrao’s primary research interest is in literature of the American South, especially Appalachian literature, but he has worked with topics as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and Batman. His most recent research focuses upon the role of monstrosity in American and English literature, and he is at work on a project concerning the swamp as challenge to southern white patriarchy in popular zombie comic books and films. Sabrina Starnaman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Dallas who teaches courses on science fiction and fantasy literature, the literature of science and studies in women’s literature. Her studies in literature often examine representation of the body, particularly representations of gender and disability. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology and is serving as Acting Director for the current academic year.
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