Co-sponsored by Harvard’s Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies and the Harvard Film Archive, and made possible by Harvard’s Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities.
This event will celebrate the life of philosopher Stanley Cavell (1926-2018), his career-long devotion to the moving image, and his integral role in bringing film to Harvard. Through speakers’ presentations and a curated film series hosted by the Harvard Film Archive, “A World Viewed” will survey the work of this hugely influential thinker and highlight new directions in scholarship on Cavell and film, uncovering still-untapped resources in the philosopher’s thought for both moving image art and questions of the world as it is viewed today. Speakers will include William Rothman (University of Miami), D.N. Rodowick (University of Chicago), Jennifer Fay (Vanderbilt), Kyle Stevens (Visiting Faculty, MIT), and Catherine Wheatley (King’s College London). All events are free and open to the public. Please join us in celebrating Stanley Cavell’s Life in Film!
Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)
* As part of the Harvard Film Archive’s adjacent film series on Cavell and cinema, both Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953, 97 mins.) and Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967, 90 mins.) will play prior to the symposium. See harvardfilmarchive.org for further details.
Friday, March 27th (Lecture Hall)
5 pm - Opening Remarks
5:10 pm - Kate Rennebohm, “Stanley Cavell and Chantal Akerman: Capturing Film and Philosophy”
5:30 pm - Reception (B-04)
7 pm - Harvard Film Archive screening of La Captive (Chantal Akerman, 2001, 110 min.)
Saturday, March 28th (Lecture Hall)
9:45 am – Keynote Presentation: William Rothman, “Stanley Cavell and Film at Harvard”
11 am – Coffee Break (B-04)
11:30 am – Screening Program, “Cavell and Experimental Film”
12:30 pm – Break for Lunch
2 pm – Roundtable, “Cavell and Film: Current and Future Directions.” Participants: D.N. Rodowick (UChicago), Jennifer Fay (Vanderbilt University), Kyle Stevens (MIT), and Byron Davies (National Autonomous University of Mexico).
4 pm – Coffee Break (B-04)
4:30 pm – Keynote Presentation: Catherine Wheatley, “Friends and Lovers. Thoughts on the Cavellian Couple, inspired by Rich and Famous.”
5:45 pm – Closing Remarks
7 pm – Harvard Film Archive Screening of Rich and Famous (George Cukor, 1981, 117 min.)