Cannibalism, Blight, and the White Flight: An Ecofeminist Reading of Hollywood's Climate Fiction Film

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HHSS Assistant Professor Michelle Yates will examine the films "Soylent Green" and "Interstellar" through an ecofeminist lens.

As part of the “Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The ‘Forgotten Man’ in the Trump Era” series, Humanities, History and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Michelle Yates will examine two notable climate change films—1973’s Soylent Green and 2014’s Interstellar­—through an ecofeminist and critical eating studies lens. In her discussion, Yates will highlight how the films utilize climate change as a catalyst for “the re-privileging of hegemonic white masculinity.”

Yates, whose field of expertise spans biology and environmental issues to women’s and gender studies, has served as the director of the Davis Feminist Film Festival and is the current co-curator of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival.

Upcoming events in the “Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The ‘Forgotten Man’ in the Trump Era” series will feature experts discussing the resurgence of white nationalism and the alt-right’s toxic internet presence, among other topics.

Cannibalism, Blight, and the White Flight: An Ecofeminist Reading of Hollywood’s Climate Fiction Film
Thursday, March 29
4-6 p.m.
624 S. Michigan Ave.
Room 602