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Parasites. Infections. Menacing forms of new life. In a unique exploration of biological/body horror, a screening of sequences from horror and sci-fi films will reveal our cultural anxieties, fears of difference, and speculations about the diverse and sometimes liberating possibilities for human life in times of radical social change. Horror-film experts Adam Lowenstein (Shocking Representation) and Isabel Cristina Pinedo (Recreational Terror); parasitologist Patricia Johnson; and Joseph Hawkins, a lecturer in anthropology and director of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, will illuminate the viscerally compelling languages of biohorror in classic scenes from movies like Alien, The Thing, and Videodrome. The terrors and possibilities of body horror will also be highlighted in a display of rare materials from USC Libraries collections, including the Cinematic Arts Library, Norris Medical Library, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, and Special Collections.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Libraries.