Humanities “Humanimal” Lecture Tomorrow

The Humanities Department would like to invite you to the last event in their Spring Quarter Series, “The Humanimal.”

Like Cats and Dogs: On the Rhetoric of Film will be held on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 (6:00-8:00 pm in room 120, DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue) and will be presented by Prof. Akira Mizuta Lippit, Cinematic Arts, Critical Studies, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California.

How can film portray history? How can it render photographically that which defies representation, that which eludes visibility? Aren’t reality and representation, like cats and dogs, immiscible?

Professor Lippit’s lecture addresses three films that depict three catastrophes—the American Civil War, National Socialism, and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima—only to find that at key moments,

The Birth of a Nation, Triumph of the Will, and Hiroshima mon amour also feature a cat, a rhetorical figure perhaps, a metaphor for the cinematic relation between historical representation and catastrophe. Why a cat? Join the Humanities Department to close their spring series with an exploration of the relationships among film and felines, catastrophes and cats.