This class is designed for people interested in modern literature, film, music, philosophy and the visual arts, who want to explore connections between these areas and their own life searches. Both parts of the dialogue are equally important. This fall, we’ll begin a year-long exploration of what our films tell us about American society today. Using some ideas from Philip Slater’s The Pursuit of Loneliness as a starting point, we’ll examine key issues and conflicts in representative films. For the fall, we’ll watch and discuss Citizen Kane, The Grapes of Wrath, All the King’s Men and Casablanca. Class members will be asked to draw on their personal experiences and other theoretical frameworks as they seem relevant.