Film still, from Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street (1945)
Walter Jost (Professor of English and Chair of the Page-Barbour and James W. Richard Lectures Committee at UVa) has asked us to remind our readers that Robert Pippin will be delivering the Page-Barbour lectures at the University of Virginia in just a few days. This looks like a wonderful series of events — makes me wish I lived within driving distance!
The following is the announcement for the lectures, copied from this website:
ROBERT PIPPIN, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought, Philosophy, and in the College at the University of Chicago, first became known for his influential rethinking of Hegel’s philosophy as a Kantian critique of metaphysics rather than a revival of it, as most philosophers believed. Since then he has published books and articles that illuminate the modern human predicament through the work of thinkers as diverse as Kant, Nietzsche, Proust, Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss and Henry James. Now he turns his attention to film and what it tells about the limits of human agency. Come early for a free screening of each film before the lecture!
Fatalism in Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy
Tuesday April 6th:Trapped by Oneself in Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past
Wednesday April 7th: ‘A Deliberate, Intentional Fool’ in Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai
Thursday April 8th: Sexual Agency in Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street
Film screenings begin at 3pm each day in the Auditorium of the Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections Library. Lectures begin at 5pm each day with a catered reception to follow each lecture. The films are also on reserve at the Robertson Media Center. All events free and open to the public.