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"Differing Views of Justice in the Film 'Black Panther'" with Cynthia Rutz

  • Kibbitznest 2212 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)
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Kibbitznest Liberal Arts Discussions are a collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research.


About the Discussion:

Ryan Coogler's movie 'Black Panther' is a highly successful, entertaining comic book movie. But it also addressed deeper themes such as racism, post-colonialism, and the complexity of relations between Africans and African Americans. The Marvel character first appeared in a comic book created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee dated July 1966. It was mere coincidence that just three months later, Bobby Seale and Huey Newton founded the socialist and black empowerment Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. In 1972, Marvel, uncomfortable with the association, briefly changed the name of their character to Black Leopard. By contrast, this film embraces the connection with the Black Panther Party in ways that illuminate very different visions of how to address racism and injustice in the modern world.


About the Facilitator:

CYNTHIA RUTZ received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2013. Her dissertation topic is Shakespeare’s 'King Lear' and its folktale analogues, a subject on which she has delivered several lectures. For several years she worked with Mortimer Adler on his Paideia Project, an education reform project which encourages high school and elementary school teachers to help students think critically through Great Books seminars and coaching. Her academic interests include mythology, folktales, Milton, Willa Cather, and ancient Greek philosophy and literature. She joined the Basic Program in 1991, serving as Staff Chair from 1999 to 2004, and is currently Director of Faculty Development at Valparaiso University

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