Philosophy Drive-In’s

Our take on theater and great conversation.

A night of film & lively philosophical discussion for all ages.

Philosophy Drive-In: Film Selection TBD

Winter Film Date: TBD
Reeder’s Alley Convention Center
Doors @ 6:30pm MT/ Show @ 6:45pm MT
Venue Capacity: 15-20 people
Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation)
Other: Light snacks provided.  BYOB & your own low-profile camping chair.

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

Special Film Discussion Series: Missoula

The World View Film series, hosted by Global & Cultural Affairs at ARTS Missoula and Merlin CCC, is back at the Roxy Theater this fall, featuring four movies about “Cultures in Flux”on the 2nd Monday of every month from from September through December.  

New this Fall:

  • Following each film, Marisa Diaz-Waian (of Merlin CCC) will facilitate post-film community conversations inspired by questions raised in the movie. The conversations have the aim of creating a space for thoughtful dialogue, reflection, and sharing.  
  • Every 10th person that comes to World View film receives a raffle ticket for a dinner for two at a Missoula restaurant. Winner of the raffle prizes will be announced at the end of the community conversation.

All films will be featured at The Roxy Theater (Missoula) and start at 7:00 p.m. Free (No RSVP or Ticket Purchase Required).

Inspired by our belief that ideas are worth talking about.

A night of short films & lively philosophical discussion for all ages.

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

Wednesday, April 13th 2022 (7pm-9pm)
Special Guest:  Dr. J. Angelo Corlett

In this combo symposium-drive-in night, we’ll have a free-wheeling discussion about contemporary humor, looking at some of comedy’s most beloved (and oft controversial) greats, focusing primarily on the work of Dave Chapelle.

After watching some video clips, we’ll explore and discuss such questions as:

  • 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 professor of philosophy from San Diego State University, Dr. J. Angelo Corlett.

FREE & open to the public (18+ years old/mature audiences).  Program directed by Marisa Diaz-Waian & Dr. Barry Ferst.

Dr. J. Angelo Corlett is a professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University specializing in ethics and epistemology. He writes on and teaches Philosophy of Law, Epistemology, Plato, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics from an analytical approach. With regard to ethics, Angelo specializes in Moral Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Legal Philosophy, inclusive of the following foci: apology, capital punishment, civil disobedience, ethics of illegal drugs, forgiveness, hate speech, immigration, indigenism, international law, justice, Latino/a identity, legal interpretation, philosophy of sport, political violence, privacy, punishment, race, racism, reparations, responsibility, rights, secession, and terrorism.  He has authored more than 100 books and articles on these and other topics and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Academic EthicsSport, Ethics, and Philosophy; and the Journal of Ethics.

**As a nice analog to this community activity, Dr. Corlett will also be holding a discussion at Carroll College as part of the Philosophy Now Speakers Series the night prior to this where he’ll focus on the ethics and legality of politically correct speech and the relationship of this speech to freedom of expression.  This lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm in the Carroll College Student Center located at 1601 N. Benton Ave.  It is free and open to the public.  Learn more here!**

Visit our Merlin Drive-in Archive page to access resources & photos from previous drive-ins. 

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