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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

In Conversation with Oliver Stone

10th March 2016, 17:30 to 19:30, Sir Arnold Wolfendale Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, Oliver Stone

This exciting and unique event on 10th March 2016 brings Oliver Stone and Durham academics together to consider how he draws on research to underpin films that have often explored political conflicts, issues of social justice and the challenges of modern democracies. Key to Stone’s work is his vision of past and present historical events and the role of individuals in them. As well as creating portraits of major figures in films such as Nixon, JFK, W., Stone has engaged with one of the most fascinating individuals in Classical Antiquity, Alexander the Great, for more than a decade. The film premiered in the cinemas in 2004, and several versions of it have been released on DVD, culminating with “Alexander the Ultimate Cut” (2014). The sociocultural history of the Hellenistic epoch represents one of the research foci of staff in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham, and the conversation will begin with an exploration of the film Alexander, led by Dr Ivana Petrovic, Dr Andrej Petrovic and Dr Ed Richardson.

With Dr Gleider Hernández, from Durham’s Law School, the conversation will then consider how Oliver Stone’s films engage – often controversially – with political and social complexities, such as drug trafficking (Midnight Express and Savages); violence as a media spectacle (Natural Born Killers); and the war in Vietnam (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July). Stone’s recent interest in issues of global security and data protection is explored in his current project, a film about Edward Snowden. What role does academic research play in Stone’s creative process? Come and find out.

The event is hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University’s flagship research institute. Directed by anthropologist, Professor Veronica Strang, the IAS is committed to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and to bringing diverse international and disciplinary perspectives to bear on complex issues.

Date: Thursday 10th March 2016
Time: 5.30
Location: Sir Arnold Wolfendale Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Capacity at this event is limited and registration is therefore essential. To request a place, please complete this booking form. Please contact 0191 334 9354 if assistance to book is required.

Directions to venue
The Calman Learning Centre is denoted at building number: 43.

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