Ever wondered how Marvel movies relate to Nietzsche? Or what Netflix might have to do with existentialism? Campion Conversations is a product of Campion College, Australia's first tertiary Liberal Arts institute. Hear Campion's academics discuss pop culture and, occasionally, current affairs in light of the humanities.
A Frankenstein Tale: Dissecting the films of Paul Verhoeven
The latest episode of Campion Conversations dives into three of the films in idiosyncratic director Paul Verhoeven's canon: Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. Do these shlocky sci-fi action romps really explore themes from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Plato's Republic? Would You Like To Know More?
How well do you know your Greek myths?
Everyone has heard of at least one Greek myth, even if they're not aware of it. Whether it's Perseus slaying the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa or Theseus pursued by the Minotaur in the Labyrinth or Icarus attempting to fly, Greek myths are part of our cultural fabric. But if you want to actually familiarise yourself with these tales of old, where do you start? Classics lecturer Thomas Flynn discusses this question with literature lecturer and host Dr Colin Dray in this episode of Campion Conversations.
Star Wars: A New Era
With the recent Star Wars trilogy wrapping up and the release of The Mandalorian, the franchise seems to be getting a makeover under Disney. This episode of Campion Conversations takes a frank look at Star Wars under Disney's mantle. What did they get wrong? What worked well? Why was there so much angst over the final trilogy and what is the big deal about The Mandalorian? We answer all these questions and more in your latest edition of Campion Conversations.
Diagnosing Doctor Who
What defines Doctor Who? What has shaped its storytelling? And what has its legacy been upon genre narratives and television at large? Dr Colin Dray and Dr Jeremy Bell discuss the franchise that has spanned more than half a century with over a dozen iterations of the title character in this episode of Campion Conversations.
In this miniature episode of Campion Conversations, literature lecturer Dr Colin Dray and classics lecturer Thomas Flynn discuss some lesser-known works by the father of modern fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien.
These texts are particularly useful for those interested in learning more about the liberal arts (as well as Tolkien fans).
Back to the Future: Prophecy or Fantasy?
Campion takes on the classic trilogy that many of us grew up watching in this episode of Campion Conversations.
Host Dr Colin Dray and co discuss their love for the trilogy and examine it in light of the burgeoning potential of science in the 1980s, while considering other questions like:
Is the plot plausible?
Does the time-travel timeline hold up?
Which film is the strongest of the three? Which is the weakest?
We discuss all this and more! Listen and enjoy.