Film Series at the Moxie: Spring 2019

Few things capture the excitement of the imagination better than film. So many of the questions, concerns, and hopes that the Humanities collectively investigate are represented in that medium, so we sought out and established a partnership with the local independent film house – the Moxie. Working with the Moxie, we have chosen a blend of classic and contemporary films that highlight deep and enduring humanistic questions and themes. As a result of the partnership we produce the Humanities & Arts Film Seriesdirected by Dr. Kevin Henderson, that anchors great film to community-centered “after-view” Socratic dialogues with the audience.

In alliance with this year’s theme for the Humanities and Ethics Center, this year’s films all connect with “Humanities and Democracy.”

Films begin at 1:00 PM on Saturdays, and tickets are only $5!  / The Moxie is located in downtown Springfield, at 305 S. Campbell Avenue.


February 23, 2019: Selma

Post-film Discussion hosted by Dr. Rich Schur.








April 13, 2019: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Post-film Discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Ponder.







April 20, 2019: No

Post-film Discussion hosted by Dr. Tim Robbins.



Our Fall 2018  line-up included the following films:




Post-film Discussion hosted by Dr. Jonathan Groves. As Dr. Groves observes, “Before Woodward and Bernstein, there was Edward R. Murrow. In the 1950s, Murrow’s reports on CBS’s ‘See It Now’ challenged U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who was exploiting fears of communism for political gain. This Oscar-nominated film is more than a chronicle of this important historical battle of values; it questions the very nature of television and its impact on our society.”








Post-film discusison hosted by Dr. Katie Gilbert

Dr. Katie Gilbert will be hosting a screening of the very timely Frank Capra classic, State of the Union. A contentious political contest for a party’s nomination for president, revelations of infidelity, attacks on bipartisanship, contested gender roles, and ethical challenges: What year is it? In the classic black-and-white film, State of the Union, it’s 1948. An all-star cast, including Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and a fierce Angela Lansbury, masterfully helps us to see how politics have long been contentious in the U.S. Frank Capra’s witty and fast-moving film shows us how candidates for office—and their families—face challenging decisions when their ideals are put to the test in the public eye.