R418 Summer 2018 Science Fiction Films: How Health and Medical Breakthroughs Are Seen Through the Lens of SciFi
Thursday, 9:40–11:05, June 28
Instructor: Patty Z. Means
Coordinator: Nancy Scheeler
Class limit: 25
Swirling around our inner psyches, as we step from primitive cave dweller to spear chucker to chariot racer to space ship pilot, we carry mistrust and wonder about our medical destinies. How have modern medicine and technological advances changed the stories and visions in our feature films? We’ll view and discuss scenes from mainstream films (Lucy, The Island), from anime (Ghost in the Shell), and from independent films (The Final and Repo Man) that prophesy or warn us about what lies ahead.
Patty Zubeck Means is an instructor with the National Archives and an associate professor of English and literature. She teaches at Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland and The George Washington University. She has also worked as a film director and editor.