Dennis Bingham’s Sabbatical Lecture Shows Cinema in a New Light

Dennis Bingham

Dennis Bingham

Professor Bingham’s presentation of Life, Death and All That Jazz: Bob Fosse and the Hollywood Renaissance of the 1970s on December 5, 2014 will explore the film style of the director-choreographer Bob Fosse (1927-1987), examining Fosse’s heretofore unacknowledged role in the “Hollywood Renaissance” of the 1970s. Bingham artfully examines how Fosse changed Hollywood cinema and American culture in ways that, though not always positive, have been lasting and pervasive. The talk focuses on Fosse’s first two films, Sweet Charity (1969) and especially, Cabaret (1972). These musicals feature unmotivated protagonists and discontinuous editing styles redolent of avant-garde and European Art Cinema. In their tendency toward ambivalence and ambiguity they deconstruct their traditionally optimistic genre, resulting in a uniquely revisionist form of the film musical.

In addition to being a director and choreographer for both film and musical theater, Fosse was also a dancer, screenwriter, and actor. He won an unprecedented eight Tony Awards for choreography, as well as one for direction. He was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning one. Fosse’s first film, Sweet Charity, starring Shirley MacLaine, is an adaptation of the Broadway musical he had directed and choreographed. His second film, Cabaret, won eight Academy Awards, including Best Director, which he won over Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather starring Marlon Brando, as well as Oscars for both Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey for their roles.

About the Liberal Arts Sabbatical Series Lectures

The Sabbatical Speaker Series was established to provide a venue for sharing research completed by Liberal Arts faculty while on sabbatical leaves. It is a sampling of the diverse work and excellence of IUPUI faculty, and an opportunity to come together for an hour of intellectual exploration with students, alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and friends from the community.

About the speaker

The academic interests of Dr. Dennis Bingham, professor of English and director of the film studies program, include film theory, gender theory, film biography and stardom and acting. In 2011, Professor Bingham was a finalist for the Theatre Library Association Richard Wall Memorial Award for “Whose Lives Are They Anyway: The Biopic as Contemporary Film Genre” published by Rutgers University Press. He has published numerous articles and entries on Clint Eastwood and Biopics on Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Upcoming Lectures at IU Bloomington

April 5 to 19, 2013

Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality symposium
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 5
WHERE: Law School Room 335 Faculty Conference Room, Bloomington
WHAT: Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality Annual Symposium: “Social Equality: Looking Forward and Looking Back”
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: smithco@indiana.edu

From Philosophy to Paleography, or The Annoying Duty to Share History With the Past
WHEN: Noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 5
WHERE: 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Ballantine Hall, Room 004, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Bob Eno, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at IU Bloomington
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-3765 or easc@indiana.edu

The Chairs of Chester Cornett
WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6
WHERE: Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington
WHAT: As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures will present a series of conversations with curators, researchers, students and scholars from a variety of disciplines who study and explore the museum’s rich collections.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-6873 or mathers@indiana.edu

A Life in the Law: From Military Commissions to the Indiana Supreme Court
WHEN: Noon Monday, April 8
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 123, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-4044 or kturch@indiana.edu

I manoscritti provenzali in Italia
WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday, April 8
WHERE: Slocum Room, Lilly Library, 1200 E. Seventh St., Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker Carlo Pulsoni, professor of romance philology at the University of Perugia, will discuss the Italian manuscripts containing works in Old Occitan.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-7035 or hstorey@indiana.edu

Innovations in Law School Pedagogy
WHEN: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Provost Lauren Robel
COST: Free and open to the public; Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., in the Law School Atrium
INFORMATION: cleavera@iupui.edu

LL.M. 10th Anniversary Celebration: International Legal Education in the 21st Century: Preparing Lawyers to Meet Global Challenges
WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Honorable Judge Patricia Riley, Indiana Court of Appeals
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: pcaparas@iu.edu

Louise Melling, ACLU: “The New Age of Abortion Restrictions: Listen Up! It’s About You”
WHEN: Noon Wednesday, April 10
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 123, Bloomington
WHAT: Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union deputy legal director and director of the ACLU Center for Liberty, will discuss the status of abortion restrictions and how they compromise our rights and well-being today, 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade — as well as what is to come.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-4044 or kturchi@indiana.edu

Principles in Drug Discovery
WHEN: 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
WHERE: Indiana University MSBII Building 702 N. Walnut Grove Ave., Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Dr. Betty Bei Yao, associate director at Abbvie (formerly Abbott Laboratories), where she has more than 15 years of experience in developing neuroscience-related therapeutic targets.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-1930 or mtheodor@indiana.edu

Three Remarkable Women
WHEN: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Room 102, Indiana University 1201 E. Seventh St. Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Mary D. Sheriff
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-2597 or nritsma@indiana.edu

Human Rights and Authorship Norms: Comparative Traditions
WHEN: 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom 100, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the co-director of DePaul University College of Law Center for Jewish Law and Judiac Studies
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: kgalster@iupui.edu

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: University Library Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Donald Ray Pollockauhor of the story collection Knockemstiff
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 317-274-8929 or tkirts@iupui.edu

Law & Society Center Workshop
WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 335, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Kathie Hendley, University of Wisconsin
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-0434 or jkrishna@indiana.edu

Business and Human Rights: What’s the Board Got to Do With It?
WHEN: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 12
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Professor Jena martin, West Virginia University college of Law
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: pcaparas@iu.edu

Memories & Reminiscences
WHEN: 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12
WHERE: Fine Arts 015, Indiana University, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Judy Dater, recipient of numerous photography awards, has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally, and her photographs are widely published.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-7686 or catjohns@indiana.edu

Bizarre Foods Fair
WHEN: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13
WHERE: Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington
WHAT: Presentations and demonstrations highlighting the students’ research will be complemented by a variety of food.
COST: Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and must be picked up at the museum by April 12.
INFORMATION: 812-855-1696 or mathers@indiana.edu

Fuchs Lecture Series Speaker: Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard
WHEN: Noon Monday, April 15
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 335, Bloomington
WHAT: Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will deliver the Ralph F. Fuchs Lecture, “Does the Country Have Too Many Lawyers, or Not Enough?” Shepard was recently named chair of the American Bar Association’s new Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, so his remarks will be especially timely and useful.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-2075 or ivanderc@indiana.edu
Engaging North Korea and Iran: A public forum exploring what a strategy of engagement looks like
WHEN: 5 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 18
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom 100, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: The IU McKinney School of Law, IUPUI Office of International Affairs, Indiana University Pan-Asia Institute and Portland State University welcome a panel of experts from the US, Europe, Asia & Australia to explore what a strategy of engagement looks like.
COST: Free and open to the public; pending approval CLE: 1.75 hours
INFORMATION: pcaparas@iu.edu

Toxic Symbiosis: Achieving Structural Justice in the Healthcare System
WHEN: 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18
WHERE: The Poynter Center, 618 E. Third St., Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Milton Fisk, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-0261 or eayoung@indiana.edu