Bethany College offers Osher Institute class

By Bethany College
February 03, 2015

Bethany College will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kansas to offer a class this spring on Bethany’s campus.

Bethany College Part-time Professor of English Eric Monder, will teach “Banned in Boston! Censorship and the Movies,” class on Thursdays beginning February 19 through March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Social Science Center, room 16.

This course examines films withheld from public view due to their sexual, religious or political content. Created by filmmakers from different eras, some of these works dared to break traditions and defy conventions; thus, potential cinematic breakthroughs were lost to history, preventing a deeper understanding of the culture of the day. For example, the class will see The Spirit of ’76, a Revolutionary War epic directed by American Robert Goldstein, imprisoned by the government (in 1917) for making “treasonous” art. Students will compare censored and uncensored scenes from movies, re-evaluate films acceptable in their day but now considered politically incorrect, and debate what should be banned and who should make such decisions