Film Cover Cultural Series 2015-16

The annual Humanities Film Series at York College is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the English and Humanities Department and the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. Its aim is to promote the humanities on campus and in the surrounding community by fostering a serious and ongoing discussion about cinema.

All too often movies are treated as a "disposable" form of entertainment in our culture; once watched, they are soon forgotten, leaving no lasting impression and prompting little in the way of meaningful dialogue. The Film Series seeks to change this by presenting movies in an academic context, one in which the audience can learn about the various aesthetic, social, and historical dimensions of cinema, while also having the opportunity to discuss the nature of the medium and its effects.

The Film Series consists of six events scheduled throughout the academic year that are free and open to the entire college and the surrounding community.

At each of these events, a guest speaker screens a film or delivers a lecture on cinema, and then leads a discussion. Guest speakers include acclaimed directors, writers, producers, and actors, as well as noted authors, critics, and professors.