Pop Culture and Modern Life:
The Existential Universe
Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23
Senior Center, Room 202
28 S. Linn St., Iowa City
Registration Deadline: January 26
Class Limit: 50
The course draws from and integrates a variety of scholarly sources, as well as films, music, and iconic literature from American and international pop culture. We will begin with a survey of philosophical and psychological works by writers such as Jean Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger, Miguel de Unamuno, and Rollo May. Subsequently, we will explore how existentialism informs three major areas of popular culture: film (Last Tango In Paris, The Heartbreak Kid, I Heart Huckabees); music (Neil Young, Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce); and what may be called "applied existentialism" in virtually every aspect of human life (love, marriage, human sexuality, law, government, religion, spirituality, career development, and the like.)
INSTRUCTOR: Richard V. Campagna is an attorney, psychological counselor, college professor, retired political figure, and Latin American scholar. He is the author of The Optimistic Existentialist and other books on optimistic, spiritual existentialism.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.