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Rod Serling was an Emmy-winning television writer when he devised The Twilight Zone. Sensitive to censorship but wanting to address subjects deemed controversial in the 1950s and early 60s, he found the genres of fantasy and science fiction to be the ideal media to get across his message. This demonstrated Serling’s creativity in educating people on controversial topics in a non-provocative way. Episodes from the classic series will be discussed during class. Participants must watch the episodes on their own. They are readily available for streaming from a variety of sources such as Netflix, Hulu, and others. In addition DVDs of the episodes can be purchased from Amazon. The episodes will be taken from Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 5.
INSTRUCTOR: Gary Shahinian is the Senior Pastor of Park Congregational Church in Worcester. He earned a PhD in Philosophy from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. His doctoral dissertation examines the problem of evil. He taught philosophy and theology courses at Redeemer College in Ontario, Dordt College in Iowa, and Worcester State University.
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