UTM Beyond the Campus: Biblical apocalypses and colonialism in superhero films

Professor Ken Derry

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
The Waterside Inn

15 Stavebank Rd. S., Mississauga, ON (MAP)

This event is SOLD OUT.

Join U of T alumni and friends at the elegant Waterside Inn in Port Credit for an intriguing lecture by Professor Ken Derry from the Department of Historical Studies. Professor Derry will look at the similarities and differences between apocalypses in the Bible and in superhero films and thinks about what these differences might mean.

Apocalypses are not what they used to be. Instead of God destroying the forces of evil in a climactic battle, superheroes do this now. But superhero films have nevertheless kept many features of the biblical apocalypse.

Aside from the fight between good and evil, many heroes are presented as messianic warriors. Their stories also sometimes feature a guide to an otherworldly realm. And perhaps most intriguingly, they are often focused on colonialism, a critical but often forgotten aspect of apocalypses in the Bible. 


Arrive early, meet people! The talk starts at 7 p.m. but doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early so you can chat with your fellow U of T alumni and make new friends. We'll have light refreshments and a cash bar available. Each guest will receive one complimentary drink of their choice.

Parking is available at the Waterside Inn at a cost of $15. Free public parking is available beside Snug Harbour off of Stavebank Road (map) or a short walk away beside the Port Credit Public Library (map). 

Please contact Alumni Relations if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make this event accessible to you.

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