2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later


A 21st Century View of Stanley Kubrick’s Sci-Fi Masterpiece
Presentation/Book Signing
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: The Gershman Y

General Admission: $12
PJFF37 Sponsors and Supporters: $10 (*a discount code will be sent to you via email)
Students: $5 (*valid student ID must be presented in-person)

*If you are a Temple University student, you can attend for free!

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Without a doubt, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest and most philosophical science-fiction films ever made. It has provided some of cinema’s most famed icons—the monolith, the ape bone toss, the HAL-9000, the Star-Gate, and the strange hotel suite. 50 years later, 2001 is more relevant than ever, as we organize professional thesis writer our lives amidst a culture of technology and vast potential.

We invite you to join us for a mind-bending evening that will feature multi-media presentations, a panel discussion, film clips, and video about Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece and its icons for the 21st century. Produced by Barry Vacker and Brooke Storms of Temple University and presented by The Gershman Y, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, and TUTV-Temple University Television & The Rudman Media Production Center.

Our event will conclude with a complimentary reception and book signing with an opportunity to meet and mingle with guest panelists and authors.


7:30 – 8:45 PM Presentations – Barry Vacker, Associate Professor, Temple University, and author of Specter of the Monolith (2017)

Talk: “It’s Tall, Sleek, and Coolly Indifferent, But What Might the Monolith Mean?”

Summary: 2001 shows the paradox of our greatest achievement—we have discovered a vast and ancient universe in which we are insignificant, perhaps meaningless, and possibly not alone.

Duration: 12 minutes

Julia M. Hildebrand, Doctoral Candidate, Drexel University

Talk: “2001 and How Media (Un)make Man”

Summary: 2001 illustrates how tools and tech, from the bone to HAL, both make and break the human.

Duration: 10 minutes

Osei Alleyne, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Talk: “Afro-Futurism and Ancient Alien Theory in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Summary: What are the pros and cons of attributing the main thrust of human social and technological evolution to a hypothetical extraterrestrial intervention, as suggested in 2001?

Duration: 10 minutes

Jarice Hanson, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Talk: “Kubrick’s Take on Time in 2001

Summary: 50 years ago, Kubrick’s interpretation of “film time” resonated with contemporary audiences. Was he projecting what it would be like to live with “digital” time?

Duration: 10 minutes

Andrew Iliadis, Assistant Professor, Temple University

Talk: Siri, Alexa, HAL: Big Data and the Artificial Evil of Virtual Assistants

Summary:  This talk discusses artificial intelligence products like virtual assistants and their potential for producing evil outcomes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Keynote Speaker: Matthew Flisfeder, Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg, and author of Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner (2017)

Talk: “‘It can only be attributable to human error’: Reading the Hysterical Sublime in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Beyond”

Summary: 2001 explores our contradictory relationships with technology and artificial intelligence, but the awe and terror portrayed in HAL still deeply penetrates into our reality.

Duration: 20 minutes

8:45  – 9:15 PM: Panel Discussion / Q & A

9:15 PM: Book Signing / Reception / Mingle with panelists & authors