Viewing of ‘CHI-RAQ’ and the Making of the Film

On December 6, 2017, the movie Chi-raq was shown to a campus audience.

Summary: It is a clever riff on the Lysistrata of Aristophanes, but set in modern day Chicago, and confronting the horrors of gang violence there.  It is a reading of Arisophanes, and has provoked all sort of conversations (and some controversy) in the U.S.

After the viewing, Kevin Willmott, Professor of the University of Kansas, who co-wrote the screen play with Spike Lee, spoke about the making of the film.

Sponsored by the NEH Language Teaching Support Fund, the Program in Classical and Medieval Studies, the Maliotis Foundation, the Department of Rhetoric, with help also from the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs and the Division of Humanities.