An Odyssey of Events on Campus…

This past Tuesday, I attended a screening of the 1968 revolutionary film 2001: A Space Odyssey in 110 of Jarvis. I had first seen this with some friends in basement of South Hall my sophomore year, and if you haven’t seen it, it’s 2.5 hours long. And about half of the movie has no dialogue. But that’s what is so wonderful and appreciated about it: it gives your imagination a chance to gnaw on some raw ideas and symbolism.

The occasion was for the Chancellor’s Read Across Campus campaign this year, picking 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. Wait, didn’t you just say this was a movie?! Yes. I’ll get to that. Bob Meyer, the new chancellor, spoke at the screening last night. I never knew this, but Stanley Kubrick, the director of 2001, liked Arthur C. Clarke’s short story The Sentinel (1951) so much that he went to Clarke to ask him to elaborate on the story and create a screenplay for the movie that Kubrick would soon direct. The movie and the book (adapted by Clarke from his own screenplay) were supposed to come out at the same time, but some things went wrong…and the movie was released a couple months (or weeks, I can’t remember) before the book was put on shelves.

Most people read the book before it hits the big screen…but this one was different.

Chancellor Bob Meyer introducing the Read Across Campus campaign.

Chancellor Bob Meyer introducing the Read Across Campus campaign.

If any of you are interested in Science Fiction, this is one that made big history. I love that I go to a school that is so diverse in interests and ideas that I get to share in all of it. If you guys are interested in attending the other events that will be a part of the Read Across Campus campaign, see below!

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Double screen. Double amazement.

Lecture & Discussion
2001, Arthur Clarke, and Science Fiction
Professor Mike Levy, English & Philosophy
Wednesday, February 25
12:20 – 1:15 pm
Memorial Student Center, Northwoods

Lecture & Discussion
2001, Nietzsche, Zoroaster, and the Übermensch
Professor Chris Freeman, Social Science
Tuesday, March 10
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Heritage Hall 182

Lecture & Discussion
The Musical Score of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Professor Aaron Durst, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, and Performing Arts
Tuesday March 24
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Applied Arts 313

These events are organized by the Literature Committee and sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Office of the Chancellor.

 See you soon!

-Rach

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