I teach these seven films as part of the Liberal Studies Foundations course. An over-arching theme is the junction of science and humanities, in particular the ability of the art of film to teach us about science and scientists.
|Reason and Rhetoric:Bickering for Humanity
As part of LBST120 Core Course On-Line, students will watch seven feature films. All are great films, award winners, great acting, faculty favorites. The primary focus of the films is how persuasive arguments are constructed, flow, and resolve. Rhetoric is classically the first Liberal Art. The secondary theme is modern scientific debate- evolution, genes, cosmology. (Liberal arts have outgrown rhetoric, grammar, logic, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.)
LBST120 in an on-line course. Students must borrow (from me), buy, or rent these films. I will screen the films on-campus for students and course visitors if requested on Wednesdays.
My notes on each film are posted below
Rick Rayfield, Instructor
Inherit the Wind(1960) 128 mins.
Twelve Angry Men (1957) 96 miins
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) 108 mins
Lion in WInter (1968) 135 mins
Proof (2004) 99 mins
Copenhagen (2002) 117 mins
Gattaca (1997) 106 mins
|Here are my rough notes on what I find interesting about these films.