Growing Up: What Films Teach Individuals About Maturation, with Chris Miller, Ph.D.

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Growing Up: What Films Teach Individuals About Maturation
Chris Miller, Ph.D.

Friday, April 21: 7 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $30

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott claims that the widespread popularity of The Hunger Games and other young-adult films signals the death of adulthood in America. The present lecture offers an opposing view: the adult energy within these films as well as in more mature fare such as Taken, The Equalizer, and John Wick signals the death of adolescence not adulthood. The greater consciousness in individuals that results from this death will be discussed with the aid of images and film clips.  The discussion will include an examination how the puer and senex archetypes are represented in these films, and how these portrayals inform us about our culture.

Chris Miller, Ph.D., serves as Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. Since 2005 he has also worked at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where he has lectured on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hugo, Boyhood, and The Revenant. His review of Boyhood was published in Psychological Perspectives.

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