Fall 2019

Past Events

September 05, 2019


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027


Please join us for a free screening of John Carpenter’s cult classic They Live on Thursday, September 5th, starting at 7pm at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Legendary film critic and adjunct professor J. Hoberman will introduce the film. Following the screening, there will be an audience Q&A with Hoberman moderated by professor Rob King. Afterwards, Hoberman will sign copies of his latest book Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan.


This event is free and open to the public. Advance tickets may be purchased at the link below.


The third book in a brilliant and ambitious trilogy, J. Hoberman's Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan is a major new work of film and pop culture history. In it, Hoberman chronicles the Reagan years, from the waning days of the Watergate scandal when disaster films like Earthquake ruled the box office to the nostalgia of feel-good movies like Rocky and Star Wars and the delirium of the 1984 presidential campaign and beyond. Make My Day is an exploration of the synergy between American politics and popular culture. 


J. Hoberman is a film critic, 33 years at the Village Voice, and the author, co-author, or editor of 13 books including Midnight Movies (with Jonathan Rosenbaum), Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two WorldsThe Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism, and Film After Film or What Became of 21st Century Cinema. His work was anthologized in the Library of America’s American Movie Critics and he contributes regularly to the New York TimesArtforum, and the New York Review of Books. A teacher since 1984, he has taught film history courses at Harvard University, New York University and, for over 20 years at the Cooper Union, where he was Gelb Professor of Humanities. He has also co-curated and consulted on exhibitions at P.S.1, the Jewish Museum and the Whitney and was instrumental in preserving the films and artistic legacy of the photographer-filmmaker-performance artist Jack Smith. He currently teaches in the Film and Media Studies program at Columbia University.