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Louisiana Harper Lecture with Robert Pippin
   
Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: Political Philosophy in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Cost: $20/person general admission $10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past ten years and graduate alumni of the past five years) Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies
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Parents, please join UChicago alumni and friends for an evening with Professor Pippin.

6:00–7:00 p.m. Registration and reception
7:00–8:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion

$20/person general admission
$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past ten years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies

The United States' ancient times are not very ancient and offer little in the way of traditional historical myths. One exception is Hollywood Westerns, the best of which, like Greek myths, provide a narrative of the past that serves as a basis for present self-understanding. Many Westerns tell a complicated story of a traumatic and decisive political transition marking the end of one order and self-image and the beginning of another. They represent a myth of American modernization coincident with the country's "second founding," the conquest and settlement of the West after the Civil War. John Ford's 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a particularly interesting example.

In a complex way, the film explores the role of myth itself in justifying the prelegal violence necessary for a new regime to come to be. Professor Pippin will show scenes from the film and discuss their implications for these issues in political philosophy.

Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef distinguished service professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. Pippin has written several books and articles on German idealism and later German philosophy, as well as published on issues in political philosophy, theories of self-consciousness, the nature of conceptual change, and the problem of freedom. He is a winner of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society.
Event Contact
Kelly Dooby
harperlectures@uchicago.edu
773.702.7788
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Event Information
EVENT DATE:
Wednesday, Oct 16 2013 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
LOCATION:
Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel
817 Common Street
New Orleans, LA