This 5-week mini-course gives teenagers the chance to explore big issues. In times of crisis we turn to stories to make sense of the world. The late 20th century, particularly the awesome 1980s, gave us films like The Never Ending Story, Legend, The Dark Crystal, Time Bandits and The Last Unicorn. All of these films provide mythical imaginings of the apocalypse that we can draw on to explore the present moment.
In this course Dr. Li Sumpter will take high school students on a mythic journey of birth, death and rebirth shaped and colored by these beloved classics. Students will be introduced to the characters and aesthetics that define this genre of fantasy cinema while learning key elements of worldbuilding found in both ancient and future myths from around the world.