First Mondays: August Movie Night

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Topic: The Stanford Prison Experiment

We will honor the height of summer heat, humidity, and languor with a casual movie night. The movie is The Stanford Prison Experiment, a psychological thriller directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez and written by Tim Talbott. It is based on the notorious true story of Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo who in 1971 cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system.

After the movie, we will have a discussion about the way that sadism and violence manifest itself in a seemingly normal group of people from a stable society and the implications of such behavior in conflict-­ridden societies.