Philosophy Drive-In’s

Movies are awesome! And movies that offer opportunities for critical, creative thinking, new ways of looking at things and seeing the world, reflection on our own internal lives and those around us, and growth….well those are even better! That’s why we decided to create our own version of eves under the stars without the cars.  

Whether you’re in the mood for philosophy and a mini-flick or a full-length film…we got you covered!  Learn more about each of these fun & “thinky” gatherings below.

Our Merlin philosophy mini-drive-in’s are shorter-length versions of our full-length drive-in nights.  Inspired by TED Talk conversations and our belief that ideas are worth talking about, these drive-in nights feature one to three TED Talks film(s) followed by a lively philosophical discussionLight snacks provided.  BYOB. $5 suggested donation.

April *Combo* Symposium-Mini-Drive-In

**RESCHEDULED TO A TBD FALL DATE**

The Rougher Side of Humor: How Far is Too Far?

In this combo symposium-drive-in night, we’ll look at some of comedy’s most beloved (and oft controversial) greats, focusing primarily on the work of Dave ChapelleAfter watching some video clips, we’ll explore a variety of questions.
  • What is the role (or point) of humor? 
  • What’s the difference between an offense and a harm?
  • What makes comedy great?
  • Is there a difference between using a word and mentioning a word and does it matter? 
  • Do comedians have certain obligations?  What about listeners? 
  • And more…

This event will feature special guest speaker/facilitator and philosopher from San Diego State University, Dr. J. Angelo Corlett.  This program is directed by Marisa Diaz-Waian and Dr. Barry Ferst.

 

When, Where & More

When: RESCHEDULED TO FALL 2020 (DATE TBD)

Where:  Carroll College, Student Center, Lower Level (CUBE)

Other Information:  FREE and open to the public (18+ years old/mature audiences)  

** Special Guest Speaker/Facilitator:  J. Angelo Corlett **

(Professor of Philosophy, San Diego State University)

***DUE TO COVID-19, WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING OUR EVENT TO A TBD IN THE FALL OF THIS YEAR.  WE WILL UPDATE OUR WEBSITE ACCORDINGLY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.***

For more information, please contact Marisa at [email protected] or 406-439-5788.

Our Merlin philosophy drive-in’s are our take on theater & great conversation.  Inspired by childhood memories of movies beneath the stars and the rich philosophical content available in thoughtful films, these drive-in’s feature a full-length movie followed by a lively philosophical discussion.  Light snacks provided.  BYOB. $5 suggested donation. 

When: Philosophy Drive-In
When: TBD
Where: Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center (101 Reeder’s Alley, Helena MT 59601)
Age Group:  All Ages Welcome
Featured Film:  “Firelight” (followed by a lively philosophical discussion led by Marisa Diaz-Waian)

  • Doors open at 6:45pm; Film starts at 7pm
  • Full-Length Film + 1 hour post-film discussion

Venue Capacity:  15-20 people
Cost: FREE ($5 Suggested Donation)
Other Information: Light snacks provided.  BYOB.
For more information, please contact Marisa at [email protected] or 406-439-5788.

Film Trailer & Synopsis

A 2012 film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Q’orianka Kilcher about a group of young female inmates who find a new lease on life by becoming volunteer firefighters.  Opportunities for philosophical discussion about redemption, selfless acts, self-respect, personal identity, virtue, and education.

 

Our Philosophy Drive-In Sponsors

To view pictures from our philosophy drive-in outings, please visit our Merlin Drive-In Archive page.

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