Five Questions with Dr. Elizabeth Scarbrough

Professor Elizabeth Scarbrough is a recent and welcome addition to the Florida International University’s philosophy department. With an impressive academic background under her belt, a Masters and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and Washington, respectively, and a burning love for all things art, she’s a warm, insightful teacher looking to bring new topics to students at FIU, starting with the study of philosophical questions regarding cinema.

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Films and Lecture for Aboriginal Women’s Art at the Frost

Galka, an Aboriginal Horror Short film by Ishmael Marika.

On April 29th, the Frost Art Museum will be hosting an event for their Marking the Infinite exhibit.  Please join Director, Dr. Margo Smith from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and special guests Wukun Wanambi, Yinimala Gumana from Yirrkala, Australia and Kade Mcdonald as they discuss the work of three artists featured in Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia. A program of short films from The Mulka Project at Yirrkala will follow the discussion in the museum galleries. The films include the innovative horror short Galka, as well as Gapu Ga Gunda: The Art of Noŋgirriŋa Marawili, Mayan, Buku-ḻup, and Lak lak: – The Colours of Laŋani Marika – Yeriŋaniŋ. The event will start at 2 PM and will last until 4 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. You can find more information and  RSVP here.

 

“Moonlight” Comes Home: FREE Screening & Intersectionality Panel

It’s practically impossible to not have at least heard about “Moonlight” by now, especially in Miami. So we’ve teamed up with a few organizations to bring FIU a free screening and discussion of our native gem! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t gotten around to watching it or seen it more than five times, be a little extra for Miami on April 4th and join us in GC 140.

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“Arrival” Author Ted Chiang Talks Folk Biology

On March 27, FIU’s School of Computer Information and Sciences and the Department of English co-hosted a public lecture with guest speaker Ted Chiang. Chiang is a critically acclaimed author whose novella “Story of Your Life” was the basis for the 2016 Oscar nominated film Arrival. His lecture, titled “Why the Brain is Not a Computer”, focused on the common misconceptions of Folk Biology in the media and how they hurt our ability to tell a narrative. His main focus was the Sci-Fi genre, but he explained how folk biology hinders story structure in general. The lecture provided insight into the methodology that Chiang uses to create stories.

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