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Brown Bag Presentation

Welcome to Jurassic World: Humans vs. Dinosaurs in the Anthropocene Presenter: Dr. Christy Tidwell Creature features about the de-extinction of dinosaurs illustrate the way that de-extinction both frightens and fascinates us. “Life finds a way,” as Dr. Ian Malcolm memorably says, but this prospect is double-edged. Jurassic Park (1993) and Jurassic World (2015) highlight this ambivalence surrounding species extinction. The newest film in this franchise, however, shifts the ground. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) denies the audience closure; the dinosaurs are no longer contained but are now a threat to the larger world. It simultaneously creates sympathy for the dinosaurs, drawing on animal rights rhetoric to represent them no longer as the monsters of the film but as creatures deserving of preservation. This film challenges viewers to consider human complicity not only in scientific experimentation but also in species extinction and climate change. Ian Malcolm repeats his trademark phrase in this film, but this is a repetition with a difference, adding, “These creatures were here before us. And if we're not careful... they're going to be here after.” And he notes that we now live in “Jurassic World,” a phrase that – in this context – echoes the Anthropocene itself.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Classroom Building, Room 309