Albers Humanities Festival to celebrate Star Wars at DSU this week
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away--or just six months ago at Dickinson State University--a 10-person committee decided to plan a Star Wars themed festival.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away-or just six months ago at Dickinson State University-a 10-person committee decided to plan a Star Wars themed festival.
The 2017 Albers Humanities Festival will take place on Wednesday and Thursday on the DSU campus and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars.
"You know, it's a movie and it's entertainment, but there are themes that are cultural, social and almost religious," said Steven Doherty, chair of the department of Social Sciences and professor of Political Science and co-chair of the event. "It emulates politics and history. I think it's a nice pop culture vehicle for more serious discussion of things. It's a lot bigger than a fun movie even though it is a fun movie."
The events are free to the public and sponsored by DSU, the North Dakota Humanities Council, Albers Humanities Institute and the DSU Department of Language and Literature.
The four free events are:
• "The Force is Strong in this One: The Cultural Impact of Star Wars" panel from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m on Wednesday at Beck Auditorium. Panelists include Amanda Benedict-Barbian, Corinne Brevik and Kevin Moberg.
• A performance of "Verily, A New Hope: Shakespearean Star Wars" by Jarvis Jahner and DSU students will begin at 7 p.m. at Stickney Auditorium on Wednesday.
• On Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. keynote speaker Gregory B. Carlson, professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., will present at Beck Auditorium on "You Know It to Be True: Canon, Culture, and Continuity in the Star Wars Universe."
• The same day, starting at 7 p.m., there will be a "Much to Learn, You Still Have" trivia contest at the Student Center ballroom with prizes for trivia winner, best character imitation and best costume.
At the panel discussion, participants will be given a Millennium Falcon card that will be stamped at each event. After the card has all four stamps, it can be submitted for a drawing that will be presented at the trivia contest.
The festival will have something for everyone.
"It's something that appeals to so many ages," said Holly McBee, co-chair of the event and professor of English. She is also the director of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program. "We've got a nice combination of things that are more intellectual but certainly accessible, you don't have to be a college student to understand it, and then some things that have a wider kind of entertainment and appeal."
For more information on the events go to www.facebook.com/DSULanguageandLiterature .