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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

September 25, 2017

"You can't fight in here....It's the War Room!"

Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
with Rachel Bronson

Film still: Dr. Strangelove
"It may be then the most viciously anti-patriarchal film ever made in Hollywood"
  —Village Voice
"It remains as outrageously prankish, juvenile, and derisive as ever... Strangelove is an enraging struggle between reason and madness"
  —The New Yorker
"This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time"
  —Chicago Tribune

How close are we to nuclear war? This great film by Stanley Kubrick which stars the astonishing Peter Sellers in four major roles grows more prescient every day. Its theme, of a rogue general who believes communists are "polluting the bodily fluids" of the American people is as hilarious as it is chilling. It's all the more chilling because we've already come close to realizing its absurd plot and seem to stand close to nuclear precipice today. Yet the film's humor, irony and deadpan wit make us confront the idea of a nuclear war—the unthinkable.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1964, 103 mins.

Rachel Bronson, Executive Director of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, knows the heartbeat of the Doomsday clock and just what is at stake as well as anyone. She has taught Global Energy at the Kellogg School of Management, served for 8 years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, published the book Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia and written for hundreds of publications and appeared as commentator on PBS News Hour, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN and NPR.


  • Monday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 m

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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