Science Fiction Film: Visions of the Future
A Conversation with Graham School Instructor Eva Fernandez
About the Event
From Metropolis to Planet of the Apes to The Matrix and Children of Men, one major preoccupation of science fiction film has been imagining the future. Where are we headed? Will our long history of short-sighted choices decimate the planet or will developments in technology bring about near-mastery of our circumstances? How does thinking about what could happen inform our thinking about the present and about the nature of the human in general?
Join us for a conversation with Graham School instructor Eva Fernandez about the alternate visions presented by science fiction films and what they say about our past, present, and potential future. The conversation will preview Dr. Fernandez’s forthcoming course sequence on science fiction films.
Basic Program Instructor
Eva Fernandez holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature. She has been an instructor in the Basic Program since 1999 and has also taught at Kalamazoo College, Denver Free University, and the University of Chicago. The major focus of her graduate work at the University of Chicago was late medieval literature, especially Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, in the context of classical and medieval philosophy. Other enthusiasms include classical literature, Old English poetry, seventeenth century English literature, nineteenth century American literature, nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy, and modern and contemporary poetry. She also loves the movies, especially horror and science fiction. She is the 2011 recipient of the Graham School’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.