Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture to focus on the films of Terry Gilliam

February 28, 2014

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Co-writers Jeff Birkenstein of Saint Martin’s University, Anna Froula of East Carolina University and Karen Randell of the University of Bedfordshire, UK, will present the “The Films of Terry Gilliam,” a discussion and analysis of the works of Gilliam, during the March 18 installment of the Saint Martin’s University Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series. The event will take place in Harned Hall, Room 110, on the University’s Lacey campus.

The discussion and analysis will be based on The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World, a book the three co-authored on Gilliam’s cinematic works. The evening will include a screening of Gilliam’s 1981 classic, Time Bandits.

The authors’ discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the screening of Time Bandits to follow at 7:15 p.m. The post-screening analysis will take place 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (approximate).

Additionally, the authors will discuss the benefits, frustrations and joys of working in collaboration on projects.

Birkenstein is associate professor of English at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. He is co-editor of Reframing 9/11: Film, Pop Culture, and the “War on Terror” (2010) with Anna Froula and Karen Randell. His research interests lie in the short story, the short story sequence, post-9/11 culture, and “Significant Food” in fiction and culture.

Froula is assistant professor of Film Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and associate editor of Cinema Journal. She has published on war trauma and gender in publications including Changing English, Cinema Journal, The Journal of War and Culture Studies, and Iraq War Cultures (Peter Lang, 2011).

Randell is professor of Media Arts at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. She is co-editor of five books, including The War Body on Screen (2008) and Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema (2012). She is published in Screen and Cinema Journal.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its ninth year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community. The series honors the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.

For more information, contact Robert Hauhart at 360-438-4525, or visit The Films of Terry Gilliam lecture page.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Robert Hauhart, Ph. D., J.D.
Chair, Department of Society and Social Justice

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager