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Thomas Cole, director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at UT, charts a course for mature masculine development using the Coen Brothers’ film (and Cormac McCarthy novel) No Country for Old Men as a guide.
Thursday, July 11
7 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 Jung Center members)
What possibilities for spiritual growth emerge only as we seem to diminish? The novel and film, No Country for Old Men, follows Sheriff Ed Tom Bell as he fights a losing battle against an unstoppable array of drug traffickers and killers. At the story’s end, Sheriff Bell retires from law enforcement, seemingly defeated as a man. Yet in the confusion and uncertainty of his retirement, Ed Tom Bell starts down a new path of spiritual development. Having renounced violence and the male privilege inherent in his role as a Sheriff, Bell moves toward understanding how mutuality and equality can flourish as ideals—even in a world where they cannot be enforced. We will use excerpts from the Coen Brothers’ film as well as lecture and discussion to explore the path forward for aging men.
Thomas Cole, PhD, currently holds the McGovern Chair in Medical Humanities and serves as the founding Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. While working in the fields of medical humanities, humanistic gerontology, and cultural history for the majority of his career, he has authored, edited, or co-edited 10 books, including What Does It Mean to Grow Old?, The Oxford Book of Aging, and The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Cole is also a creator, producer, or co-producer of documentary films, including The Strange Demise of Jim Crow.
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