Update! 1984: A Three-Part Examination

Big Brother is Watching You

Update: On Friday, April 28, a follow-up talk on 1984 will take place in PL-5005 at 1:00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to view a recorded version of the April 26 panel discussion and then take part in a thoughtful conversation facilitated by Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor of History.

The Pfau Library and the University Diversity Committee’s Yotie Talks council is pleased to announce a four-part program that examines George Orwell’s classic work, 1984.

To kick off the program, which begins today, the campus community is invited to read the novel.  The library has acquired fifty new copies of the book, and a Spanish translation is also available as an e-book.
 
In the second part, a film screening of 1984, the award-winning version filmed in the year 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, will be presented on April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Pfau Library’s Blue Ray and surround sound theatre room, located in PL-5005.
 
The program will culminate on April 26 with an interactive Yotie Talk featuring faculty panelists Chris Naticcia (philosophy), Rod Metts (communication), J. Logan Clark (English), and Cherstin Lyon (history).  As part of the discussion, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in PL-4005, the panelists will analyze and critically review the novel, offering insight and perspective, with a focus on parallels between the current political atmosphere and motifs and symbols in 1984.
 
“On behalf of the Pfau Library and University Diversity Committee, we encourage members of the campus community to read—or, in some cases, reread—1984 and to participate in the film screening and panel discussion,” said Dean Cesar Caballero, University Librarian.  “This program offers a valuable—and quite timely—opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue about truth, accountability, and citizen trust in government.”
 
“In our current political climate,” said Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, Instructional Services and Initiatives Librarian, “we’ve seen an alarming rise in fake news, a chilling acceptance of ‘alternative facts,’ and an increase in ‘post-truth’ sentiment.  Folks are rightfully alarmed, and more and more people are taking a fresh look at George Orwell’s 1984. This book touches on themes that are relevant to libraries and universities, including intellectual freedom, privacy, access to accurate information, freedom of the press, etc.  We are excited to host a series of events where these issues and more can be explored as a campus community.”
 
1984 is considered one of the most important novels of the 20th century.  Published to critical acclaim in 1949, it tells the story of Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist, who works in the Ministry of Truth, where he and numerous other workers are responsible for ensuring that the Party’s ever-changing “truth” always corresponds exactly to the “facts” by rewriting, then destroying, past newspaper articles.
 
For more information about the program, please contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at rmadriga@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5104.

Update: On Friday, April 28, a follow-up talk on 1984 will take place in PL-5005 at 1:00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to view a recorded version of the April 26 panel discussion and then take part in a thoughtful conversation facilitated by Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor of History.

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