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Film Class Explores Human Beings through Science Fiction

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Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo's North Hawai`i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka`a is offering a series of classes which examine human beings via the prism of science fiction.

Instructor Bill Helbing will explore a wide range of questions such as the difference between being human and being a person, whether humans can be manufactured and whether an alien being could be a person. Helbing will examine those questions and others regarding the meaning of what it is to be a human being by drawing from the rich and stimulating contents of four classic science fiction films.

The short course will consist of five classes. The first four will consist of watching the films followed by a discussion, while the fifth will be devoted to a discussion of the questions raised by all four films. Classes begin Monday, October 20th and run through November 17th at the Center.

The fee is $30 with a $5 discount to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members. For more information, please contact Bill Kunstman at (808) 775-8890.

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