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Humanistic Studies

The Last Days of Immanuel Kant

The Green Bay Film Society will present the next International Film of the semester on Wednesday, February th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum.

The Last Days of Immanuel Kant
(France, 1994)

Based on an 1850s essay by Thomas De Quincey, this little-known drama chronicles a short period in life of the great professor/philosopher in his native Konigsberg, leading up to his 1804 demise at age 80. The story looks more at the great thinker’s odd, obsessive lifestyle than it does his philosophies. Kant, truly a “mad professor,” had himself on a rigid daily schedule. At night he slept in a mummy-wrap while during the day he imbibed tremendous amounts of coffee at rigidly prescribed intervals. The whole town was expected to keep a respectful distance when Kant took his daily walks. Melodrama enters the philosopher’s life after his loyal servant for the past thirty years suddenly leaves.

All are welcome to attend.

More information on the Green bay Film Society may be found here.

Great Books Spring 2009

The Department of Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library invite you to participate in the fall semester’s Great Books Discussion series.  On the second Tuesday of each month, a member of UW-Green Bay’s Humanitistc Studies faculty will lead a discussion on one of the “great books” of western and world culture.  The schedule for the spring semester 2009 is…

February 10
Shakepeare, The Tempest
(presented by Prof. Catherine Henze, English)

March 10
Leo Tolstoy,  A Prisoner in the Caucasus
(presented by Prof. Kevin Kain, History)

April 14
Hanan Al-Shayk, Women of Sand and Myrrh
(presented by Prof. Heidi Sherman, History)

May 12
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
(presented by Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society)

The discussions are free and open to the public.  Faculty, students, and community members are encouraged to attend.  Of course, we encourage you to read the “great book” before attending the discussion, but even if you cannot finish the work, you may find the session enlightening.

The Great Books Discussion series is held on the Lower Level of the Brown County Library (Central Branch – 515 Pine St., Downtown Green Bay).  Discussions begin at 6:30 p.m.

International Film Series

The Green Bay Film Society, a non-profit community group dedicated to bringing international and independent films to N.E. Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Neville Public Museum of Brown County, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and St. Norbert College, sponsors the Green Bay International Film Series. The following films are being screened during the spring semester, 2009:

February 4
The Last Days of Immanuel Kant (France, 1994)

February 18
Mishima (USA, 1985)

March 4
The Genocide In Me (Canada, 2005)

March 18
Heaven (Germany, 2002)

April 1
The Hungry Bull (Wisconsin, 2007)

April 15
Native American Film Evening

May 6
Who’s Camus Anyway? (Japan, 2005)

May 20
The Singing Revolution (USA/Estonia, 2006)

All films are free and open to the public but suggested for mature audiences. Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to attend.

Films begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum.

More information on the Green Bay Film Society may be found here.