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KSL Movie & Exhibit 2/15 Celebrates Darwin Day
Watch the movie depicting the Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925, "Inherit the Wind" (KSL,Friday Feb 15, Noon-2:30 p.m.) The real-life trial of the biology schoolteacher arrested for the crime of teaching Darwin's theories of evolution (and thus violating Tennessee state law) features dialog taken in part from the trial transcripts.
The battle over evolution vs creation featured famous lawyer Clarence Darrow (Spencer Tracy) and famed orator William Jennings Bryan (Frederick March) in the 1960 movie that received 4 Oscar nominations (Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Another Medium.)
Backstory: The movie was based on a 1955 play that was highly acclaimed as "...one of the most brilliant and engrossing displays of acting ever witnessed on the screen...the final showdown and the breach of the barrier of dogma...a triumphant moment for human dignity." (New York Times 10/12/1960, B.Crowther) Playwrights Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee wrote the play in response to the intellectual freedom threats of the 50s McCarthy era. From the 1920s to the 1950s to today, themes reoccur...come to KSL and watch Inherit the Wind!
Friday, February 12, 2008
Kelvin Smith Library, 2nd Floor Dampeer Room
Noon-2:30 p.m., the campus community is invited
More information at 216-368-5291, or E.Gail Reese E.Gail Reese
Before coming to the movie, stop at the exhibit in the main lobby "Inaugurating the Darwin Year 2008-2009: Celebrating Science." You'll see books, letters, and journal articles by and about Charles Darwin.
Posted by Karen Oye on February 9, 2008 01:44 AM