Past Event

Intersections: Getting Ahead or Just Staying Afloat? – A lecture and discussion with Columbia College Chicago

Intersections is Columbia College Chicago’s lively series of lectures and discussions investigating contemporary culture and the arts.

This lecture, given by Dr. Robert Watkins of Columbia College Chicago, will explore how Kelly Reichardt’s film Wendy and Lucy offers a revealing portrait of economic insecurity in what President Obama critically calls today’s “on-your-own economy.”

Reichardt explains the idea behind her film this way: “There’s a certain kind of help that society will give and a certain help it won’t give. So we imagined Wendy as a renter; no insurance, just making ends meet.” Reichardt invites the audience to experience Wendy’s predicament along with her.

Robert Watkins will connect the film to today’s experience of economic insecurity. Short clips will be shown along with the lecture, followed by audience discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and can be made online.

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This event is presented as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit