Lecture: "Cinema and Cultural Imagination: Thinking through Cinema."
Worley taught us that a movie is not just a movie, it is a message. We learned how to move beyond passive spectatorship at the movies and toward a more reflective and thoughtful engagement not merely preoccupied with what film shows but how it shows.
Worley utilized the philosophical streams in post-structuralism to understand what happens when I viewer engages a film. He discussed the importance of understanding "world projection" and how it influences our interpretation of the film. It was a great night and we enjoyed Worley immensely.
Taylor Worley is Associate Dean for Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition in the School of Theology and Missions at Union University. He began doctoral studies at the University of Durham and completed his PhD in the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews. He contributed to Re-Enchantment (The Art Seminar), co-edited by James Elkins and David Morgan (Routledge, 2009) and co-edited with Robert MacSwain Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Conversations with the Work of David Brown (Oxford University Press, 2012).