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Suchocki to analyze Eastwood films at Thompson Lecture

Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, professor emerita of theology at Claremont School of Theology, will deliver the Samuel M. Thompson Memorial Lecture at Monmouth College on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.
Titled “Tracing Redemption in the Films of Clint Eastwood: Religion and Film in Dialogue,” the lecture is free and open to the public.
During the week prior to the lecture, four Eastwood films will be screened in the Barnes Electronic Classroom of the college’s Hewes Library. The films, which are all free and open to the public, will all begin at 7 p.m. and include “Unforgiven” (Feb. 14), “Mystic River” (Feb. 17), “Million Dollar Baby” (Feb. 18) and “Grand Torino” (Feb. 19).
The author of many books and articles, Suchocki also served as dean at Claremont. She continues as co-director of the school’s Center for Process Studies. She is also the founder and director of Claremont’s Whitehead International Film Festival, which has just completed its 12th season, and she is a frequent member of ecumenical juries at major film festivals in such places as Montreal, Berlin and Washington, D.C.
Samuel Thompson, for whom the lecture series is named, served in Monmouth’s philosophy department for 46 years. After graduating from Monmouth with a degree in English in 1924, he earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Princeton University. Most notable among his publications were two popular textbooks: “A Modern Philosophy of Religion” and “The Nature of Philosophy.” Thompson died in 1983. His daughters, MC alumnae Jean Thompson Follett ’51 and Roberta Thompson Fassett ’56, funded the lecture series in his honor.