Superdeep Nighthawks: “Central do Brasil” (Salles 1998) | Thu Feb 1, 8:04pm

8:04pm | IB 1008

The Nighthawks are doubling down on beautiful Superdeep heartbreakers: this week with Walter Salles‘s 1998 Central do Brasil (…& food & drink). Thu Feb 1, 8:04pm IB 1008.

The screening is our second collaboration with the DKU Latino Club.

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “The Banshees of Inisherin” (McDonagh 2022) | Jan 25, 8:04pm

8:04pm | IB 1008

The Nighthawks are continuing to crush your beautiful hearts in beautiful ways to Superdeep pieces. This week with Martin McDonagh‘s 2022 The Banshees of Inisherin (…& food & drink). Thu Jan 25, 8:04pm IB 1008.

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Space

What’s deeper than space or even deep space? Indeed: Superdeep Space – a Superdeep format of activities planned & executed entirely by our students. Superdeep Space explorations happen ~weekly, at various times & places and involving various activities. Reach out to learn more.

Student Report on the Screening of ‘Blurring The Color Line’

By Anjini Mani

On November 30th, 2023, DKU hosted award-winning filmmaker Crystal Kwok to share her film “Blurring the Color Line” (2022). Sponsored by UG Studies and the Humanities Research Center (Freedom Lab, Doc Lab, and co-host SuperDeep), the screening was followed by a Q&A session, and a filmmaker and storyteller salon the next day.

Over 150 students and faculty attended the film screening, packing the DKU theater. The short film captivated and touched the audience in different ways. Through the lens of her own family, Kwok narrates race relations in the United States between Chinese Americans and African Americans living in Augusta, Georgia, in the US South. The period revolves around the Jim Crow era, a period of American history that divided, disadvantaged, and discriminated against African Americans in social and legal systems. Kwok draws these stories to the present, illustrating a progression and a greater understanding connecting two worlds, but also systemic racial oppression left behind in the past proliferating still in our communities. The narrative was hard-hitting and emotional, putting in the light an understudied history, forgotten by our high school textbooks. Coming to terms with an uncomfortable past one would rather not face was difficult but important for the young generation to learn, remember, and most of all, understand the present day.

Students and faculty raised intelligent questions in the Q&A section, with curiosity fueled by a deeply introspective film experience. Many felt connected to different parts of the film within their own lives, sharing their unique experiences with the group. Kwok shared the internal dialogue she had in the course of making the film, explaining how the journey of interviewing and storytelling profoundly molded her own views and perspectives on life and family.

Following the screening and Q&A the next day was a filmmaker and storyteller salon in the water pavilion. In a smaller, more intimate group of students, together with Professor Selina Lai-Henderson, Kwok elaborated further on the filmmaking process, taking students on a deep dive of the art of storytelling. The discussion ranged from the more technical parts of filmmaking to the more human side of sharing lives and experiences in the form of art. Students talked about personal experiences of racism and observations of race relations in their own countries and cultures. The intersection of feminism and race relations was a particularly interesting topic; the group discussed the implications of modern feminism and its connection with the erasure of important stories and perspectives.

A heartfelt thank you to all participants for contributing to meaningful dialogues in this event. We trust that it has ignited discussions, introspection, and curiosity in your lives, as it has in ours. Despite its challenges, acknowledging history is vital – the past shapes the present, and the present shapes the future.

Student Report on Superdeep Seminar “Wild Experiment: Feeling Science and Secularism after Darwin”

By Anjini Mani

On Thursday, January 11th, HRC’s Superdeep held a discussion with Donovan Schaefer from the University of Pennsylvania on his monograph, Wild Experiment: Feeling Science & Secularism After Darwin. The conversation focused primarily on the thesis that thinking and feeling are not separate– a commonly held conception by traditional thinkers– but rather are intrinsically linked to one another. To be more specific, thinking is linked with feelings, but not necessarily that feeling must always be connected to thinking. 

In a group of 10 students, Schaefer presented a slideshow elaborating on five key points from his book. After presenting, he invited the students to share their thoughts or questions. Students connected the book to their own cultures and their own experiences, offering both perspectives and new questions to tackle. One discussion that came up was the mystery of dreams. For a long time philosophers, scientists, and artists have attempted to define dreams, to understand them, to crack their code. A dream is a door to the human subconscious and a fascinating topic of conversation. 

The event sparked deep contemplation, self-reflection, and vibrant conversations. Thank you for attending, and continue to examine life to the fullest! 

Student Report on the Screening and Discussion of “Blurring the Color Line”

By Anjini Mani

On November 30th, 2023, DKU hosted award-winning filmmaker Crystal Kwok to share her film “Blurring the Color Line”. The screening was followed by a Q&A session, and a salon the next day.  

Over 150 students attended the film screening, packing the DKU theater. The short film captivated and touched students in different ways. Through the lens of her own family, Kwok narrates race relations in the United States between Chinese Americans and African Americans living in the South. The period is centered around the Jim Crow era, a period of American history that divided, disadvantaged, and discriminated against African Americans in social and legal systems. Kwok draws these stories to the present, illustrating a progression and a greater understanding connecting two worlds, but also the things still left behind in the past proliferating still in our communities. The narrative was hard-hitting and emotional, putting in the light an understudied history, forgotten by our high school textbooks. Coming to terms with uncomfortable facts one would rather not face was difficult but important for the young generation to learn, remember, and most of all, understand the present day. 

Students and faculty raised intelligent questions in the Q&A section, curiosity fueled by a deeply introspective film experience. Many felt connected to different parts of the film within their own lives, sharing their unique experiences with the group. Kwok shared the internal dialogue she had in the course of making the film, explaining how the journey of interviewing and storytelling profoundly molded her own views and perspectives on life and family. 

The salon took place in the water pavilion. In a smaller, more intimate group of students, Kwok elaborated further on the filmmaking process, taking students on a deep dive of the art of storytelling. The discussion ranged from the more technical parts of filmmaking to the more human side of sharing lives and experiences in the form of art. Students talked about personal experiences of racism and observations of race relations in their own countries and cultures. The intersection of feminism and race relations was a particularly interesting topic; the group discussed the implications of modern feminism and its connection with the erasure of important stories and perspectives. 

A heartfelt thank you to all participants for contributing to this event. We trust that it has ignited discussions, introspection, and curiosity in your lives, as it has in ours. Despite its challenges, acknowledging history is vital – the past shapes the present, and the present shapes the future.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “The Woman from Myanmar” (Wang 2022) | Thu Jan 18, 8:04pm

8:04pm | IB 1008

The Superdeep Nighthawks are thrilled to welcome director Wang Xuiyue for a screening & discussion of his 2022 documentaryThe Woman from Myanmar (& food & drink). As are the event’s co-sponsors, HRC’s Gender Studies Initiative and the CSCC’s Care & Gender as well as China Stories & Images Clusters. Thu Jan 18, 8:04pm IB 1008.

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: “The Imitation Game” (Tyldum 2014) | Thu Jan 11, 8:04pm

8:04pm | IB 1008

The Nighthawks are getting real again this year & semester, this week even with Morten Tyldum‘s 2014 Imitation Game (…& food & drink). Thu Jan 11, 8:04pm IB 1008.

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late). For more info, or to submit proposals for the Nighthawks, follow this link; for info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep #22: “Wild Experiment: Feeling Science & Secularism After Darwin” (Donovan Schaefer, UPenn) | Jan 11, 6:04pm

IB 2026

What’s better than to start the new year & semester on a Wild Experiment? Join Superdeep in welcoming Donovan Schaefer (University of Pennsylvania) for a discussion of his eponymous monograph (Wild Experiment: Feeling Science & Secularism After Darwin), & comments by James Miller (…& food & drink).
Thu Jan 11, 6:04pm, IB 2026.

For companion events with Prof Schaefer that week, consider also his:
– University Colloquium: Feeling is Believing: A New Approach to Conspiracy Theory (Tue Jan 9, 4:00-5:30pm AB 1087), and
– (for faculty or staff members) Faculty Development and CTL Workshop: The Affective Academic: Reflecting on Embodied Research and Pedagogy. Thursday 3:30-4:30pm, Library Tea House. For the latter Professor Schaefer asks that you kindly read the circulated text on cogency theory and the intellectual passions in preparation for the workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.