Four O’clock at the Movies
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto
Inspired by the real-life events of the Manitoba Colony in Bolivia, Women Talking tells the story of the women of an isolated religious community as they grapple with reconciling their faith and the harsh reality of their situation. Follow their story as the community of women comes together to decide how to move forward to build a better world for themselves and for their children. Stay and fight, or leave? They will not do nothing. Based on the novel of the same title and starring an ensemble cast of female actors — Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey — award-winning director Sarah Polley’s Women Talking as been nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 95th Academy Awards.
This presentation is part of Elaine Newton's Four O’clock at the Movies series.
Elaine Newton, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has taught courses in literary theory and methodology, contemporary fiction, psychology and literature and archetypal criticism. Elaine was one of the founders of York University’s advising program and its much-emulated faculty of education. She is a recipient of the province of Ontario’s Teaching Award in recognition of excellence in university teaching and, in 1984, received a citation as Toronto’s Outstanding Professor. In 1996, she was the recipient of the university-wide Teaching Award. She has held appointments as professor of literature at Carlton University, Ottawa; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Sydney, Australia, Victoria University and the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has lectured throughout Canada and the U.S., London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Caracas. In 1992, she was a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea. Elaine retains an abiding commitment to adult education and the role of the university in the wider community.
For over 40 years, Elaine has planned and conducted adult education courses throughout North America. This is the 33rd anniversary season of Critic’s Choice literature series and the 27th year she has presented Four O’clock at the Movies. She also initiated and taught the pioneering Artis—Naples seminar discussion program, the Questors, for 12 years. Elaine has worked as a book critic for Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, been a special consultant to the Ontario Library Association, led movie and theater discussions and served as a consultant to the North York Board of Education. She continues to conduct an annual lecture series at the Toronto Public Library and makes frequent guest appearances on TV and radio. Elaine has an enthusiastic and loyal following each season as she offers insightful commentary about contemporary fiction and motion pictures.
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