Monday, June 15, 2015

UIS Speakers Series uses science fiction to prompt discussion on differences and acceptance

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a film screening and discussion on Enemy Mine with moderator, author and UIS instructor Ed Myers.

WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Enemy Mine (1985) depicts a future where the galaxy is being colonized and humanity goes to war with a reptilian race from the planet Draco, as both races fight over the control of many worlds.

During a space battle, a human pilot finds himself stranded on a volcanic planet with a Drac, who also crashed-landed on the planet. Both stranded, the two put aside their differences and hatred for one another as they both try to survive on the planet. As they do, they learn of each other’s cultures and eventually form a friendship.

Moderator Ed Myers is the author of several short stories, plays and novels, including the first volume in a science-fiction comedy series, The Totally Gnarly Adventures of the Galactically Bitchin’ Comet Sweat! He serves as an instructor for the UIS Speaker Series and as an English instructor for various other colleges in the Springfield area.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speakers Series events and more information, visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries. All events are free and open to the public.

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