Learning Beyond the Classics
1968: When the World Changed Movies and Movies Changed the World
The year 1968 stands as one of the most tumultuous in modern history. In the U.S., 1968 was marked by the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, by the escalation of the war in Vietnam, by protests in the streets and at national political conventions, and by an election that carried Richard Nixon back into power. Globally, civic protests in Paris nearly brought down the government, and the push against Soviet power created the Prague Spring, which ushered in political liberalization.
Media were intertwined with these events as media in various forms shifted radically. Television news in the U.S. expanded to 30 minutes and added color, and prime-time programs dramatized narratives that incorporated the civil rights movement and other social changes. In Hollywood, the studio system and decency codes that dominated American cinema since the 1930s dissolved as independent producers and documentarians pioneered new forms of storytelling and visual representation.
This Learning Beyond the Classics Series poses a central question: what do the revolutions of 1968 mean to us today? How do the films, television programs, and print media of that time speak to our current moment?
This course is for general education and no credit is offered. Those who sign up for the series are not required to produce essays or take exams. Nothing is required to be brought to the weekly screenings, other than your ticket. Course materials will be emailed prior to each screening.
The $28 fee includes a package of one ticket to all 14 screenings in the series and access to the course readings, introductions, and discussions. Attendance is not mandatory, but there are no refunds or exchanges for dates not attended. As with other ticket packages, you may purchase multiples in a single transaction by selecting the number of seats to add in to your shopping cart. All seating for the course is general admission. The series is free for all Notre Dame, Holy Cross, and Saint Mary’s College students.
About Learning Beyond the Classics
Learning Beyond the Classics is a new venture that looks to bring the film studies classroom experience to the general public. The series includes a weekly reading, a recorded introduction to the film you can listen to at your leisure, and a discussion after the film. All are welcome to sign up for the series. Come to explore and appreciate classic films at a new level.
Film introductions and discussions will be led by Dr. Susan Ohmer, Associate Professor and the William T. Carey and Helen Kuhn Carey Chair in Modern Communication at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and Ricky Herbst, Cinema Program Director at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Learning Beyond the Classics is presented by the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Support is provided by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
What does the $28 fee include?
The $28 fee includes a package of one ticket to all 14 screenings in the series and access to the course readings, introductions, and discussions.
How do I receive the course materials?
Course materials will be emailed prior to each screening.
When is the deadline to sign up?
The deadline to sign up for the class is January 25, 2018.
Do I get credit from the University of Notre Dame for taking this course?
No, this course is for general education only and no credit is offered.
Will there be any assignments or exams given?
Those who sign up for the series are not required to produce essays or take exams. Nothing is required to be brought to the weekly screenings, other than your ticket.
Do I have to purchase the entire course to watch any of these films?
If you are not interested in signing up for the course, you may still attend series screenings as a regular cinema patron.
Do I have to attend all films in the series?
You are not required to attend all the films in the series, however, no refunds will be given for dates not attended.
Can I receive a refund or credit if I miss a screening?
There are no refunds or exchanges for dates not attended.
Who can I contact for questions about this series?
For questions about the film series, contact Ricky Herbst at 574-631-5511. For general inquiries, contact the Ticket Office at 574-631-2800. The Ticket Office is open Monday–Friday, noon–6 p.m. and one hour prior to events. The Ticket Office will be closed for the Holidays from December 16–January 5 with limited hours on January 8–12.
How do I get there?
Located directly north of Eddy Street Commons, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is easy to find on Notre Dame’s south campus. (DeBartolo Hall is a different building.) Our address is 100 Performing Arts Center and the Browning Cinema is on the second level, accessible by elevators.
View our Parking and Directions page for more details.
Where can I park?
The gated Stayer Lot (north of the center) and Stadium Lot (east of Legends of Notre Dame), and the ungated Visitor Lot are free and open to the public weekdays after 5 p.m. and weekends. Accessible parking is on the center’s east side. Parking at the entrance is not permitted except in the 10-minute parking zone. University events may occasionally restrict parking—attendants on duty will direct you to the nearest available lot.
View our Parking and Directions page for more details.
Only $28 for the entire series!
Wednesdays at 7:30 P.M.
January 17–April 25
at the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
The deadline to sign up for the course has passed. Single tickets are still available.
All artists, dates, programs, and pricing are subject to change.