The Hunger Games Symposium
If you’re in the Philadelphia, PA, area, you should consider attending the Hunger Games symposium at Temple University. It’s titled ‘Are the Odds in Our Favor?: The Hunger Games on Fame, Fashion, and the Fate of Humanity’ and will be held Thursday, May 17, at 7:00pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited. You can reserve your seat by clicking here.
The topic of this Symposium is described as such:
Much more than a publishing and pop culture phenomenon, The Hunger Games is a creative work of literature and film that strikes the intellectual and philosophical imaginations of readers, filmgoers, and college students in the new millennium, much like The Matrix, Fight Club, and Inception. As a long-time college professor, I can attest to the effect of these films on student imaginations, with students wanting to study and write papers about the ideas and “worlds” of these films. Of course, such films draw from many sources in popular culture. The Hunger Games draws from novels such as Brave New World, 1984, and Lord of the Flies, while echoing ideas from films like Soylent Green, Westworld, Rollerball, Logan’s Run, The Running Man, The Truman Show, The Matrix, and Battle Royale. Various anthologies have been published which explore the various meanings of the books and film, from the cultural to the philosophical.
The panelists will explore, reveal, and dissect some of the deeper and alternative meanings of The Hunger Games and what it says about our current society — including media and technology, domination and liberation, culture and celebrity, fashion and the future.
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