September 1, 2011

‘Blade Runner’ opens Philosophy Film Series Sept. 12 at Boulder County Campus

“Blade Runner,” a 1982 sci-fi film from director Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, will open the Philosophy Film Series for the fall semester at Front Range Community College-Boulder County Campus.

The movie will be shown at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Community Room of the Classroom Building at the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. It will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Catlyn Keenan, philosophy and women’s studies faculty, Marnia Pickens, philosophy instructor, and students in the Philosophy Club.

“We chose this film because of the metaphysical questions it asks,” Keenan said. “What does it mean to be human? What are our ethical obligations to non-humans, particularly ones who display sophisticated forms of sentience such as emotionality and a moral compass? Plus, it’s just a darn good sci-fi ride.”

Admission is free. Seating is limited, with FRCC students given first priority. The movie has an R rating.

For more information contact Keenan at

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John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.