Film Expert To Discuss The Meaning Of Africa In Classic Movies

March 28, 2000

An authority in American film will explore how the settings in the movies Out of Africa and The African Queen affected the female characters in each film. Dr. John Beebe's lecture, "Africa and the Renewal of the Feminine," will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. The lecture, part of the John N. Jonsson Peace and Justice Lecture Series, is sponsored by Baylor's African Studies program and the Society of the Friends of Jung. Tickets are $10.

Beebe, a clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, is a Jungian analyst, author, editor and international lecturer. He is past chairman of the Ethics and Certifying Committees of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and currently serves as president-elect of the Institute. He is the founding editor of The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal and the first person from the U.S. to co-edit The Journal of Analytical Psychology.

He has frequently published on personal character, including the book Integrity in Depth, and he has written numerous psychological commentaries on films such as Schindler's List, Pulp Fiction and Husbands and Wives. Beebe also discussed American movies in the award-winning documentary The Wisdom of the Dream.

Jonsson, for whom the lecture series is named, is professor of religion at Baylor. A native of South Africa, he served as minister of the Central Baptist Church of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and co-founded Treverton College, a private interracial institution in South Africa. He openly protested apartheid and in 1977, he was a candidate for the South African Parliament. He began his tenure at Baylor in 1992.

For more information, contact Dr. Blake Burleson, lecturer of religion and acting director of the African Studies program, at 710-4215.

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