6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McCarthy Hall 013
The College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Lecture will include a series of film clips and a panel discussion featuring classic science fiction films. A reception for retiring Arts and Sciences faculty will begin at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sixty years later, science fiction films that some call big bug movies still frighten and fascinate us, and even make us laugh. Insects have been used as symbols in art and literature throughout human history. American filmmaking of the 1950s employed special effects in reaction to the fear of nuclear annihilation in the era of McCarthyism, anti-communism and blacklisting. A series of clips from THEM! (1954), The Deadly Mantis (1957), The Beginning of the End (1955) and Tarantula (1955) will be shown and a panel discussion will follow separating bug fact from fantasy in recognition of the filmmaking of the time, and analyze the messages these works conveyed both intentionally and unintentionally.
The panel will include the following St. Ambrose University faculty members:
Sarah Vordtriede-Patton's degrees include a bachelor's of science in biology from McKendree College, a master's degree in environmental studies from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a PhD in ecology, evolution, and systematics from St. Louis University. Vordtriede-Patton has been at St. Ambrose since 2001 as professor of biology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is board certified in medical and veterinary entomology since 2013, a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1996, a former Captain US Army Reserve, former Commander 480th preventive medicine detachment (entomology), and has conducted research with ticks, blister beetles, lightning bugs, and caterpillars.
Sandra Quinn holds degrees in communication and film, focused on documentary filmmaking and editing, from Columbia College in Chicago, interdisciplinary humanities from Arizona State University, and a PhD from the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. Learning film and cultural theory at Arizona State, her MA thesis earned her the humanities Parker Award, and her PhD dissertation won an Outstanding Dissertation award. Quinn has taught at St. Ambrose University since 2003 as a professor in criminal justice and women's studies. She was a lecturer in humanities at Arizona State University, where she taught many film courses, including a course on the "Big Bug Films, and Communist and Nuclear Threat Panics of the 1950s." She has served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.
Paul-Thomas Ferguson earned his bachelor's degree in European history from Western Illinois University in 1996, a master's degree in medieval history from Marquette University in 1998, and a PhD in American history, Middle Eastern history, and urban history, with an emphasis on sports and leisure, from Marquette University in 2005. He has been recognized by the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Beta Kappa. Ferguson has been an adjunct history instructor at St. Ambrose since 2007, while simultaneously serving as archivist for U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command.
Preceding the movie night, a reception will be held recognizing retiring faculty members Bea Jacobson, PhD and Owen Rogal, PhD, both professors in the Department of English.