The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters 

October 24 - October 28, 2021
Lecture series in person & on Zoom


Event Description:

Sometimes translated as "when reason sleeps" and sometimes "when reason dreams," our title is a reference to Francisco de Goya's Capricho no. 43 that brings to light the ungraspable ambiguity of Goya's reference to what produces a monster.

The last year has put to the test our ability to articulate the goals of science, freedom of speech, and society, and in so doing has brought to the surface several "monsters" that lurk therein. The themes that emerged include the growing demonization of the other vs. the pressing need for social cooperation; the right to voice and the right to cancel that voice out; the objectivity of science in a world consisting of multiplicity of values and points of view that make up the Frankenstein-like social whole. With this in mind, we have decided to approach these four frameworks- science, language, arts & culture, and society- with the hope of shining light on these issues and fostering interdisciplinary dialogue.

We encourage you to view our webpage to learn more about our lecture and movie series. Please register and we hope to see you there.

Important Reminders: 

  • All events in a Zoom format is open to everyone. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting information.

  • In-person events at LMU are limited to LMU/LLS students, staff and faculty. Face masks are required. Thank you for your understanding. 

  • We are spotlighting certain films that are available to stream for all LMU/LLS faculty, staff and students from the William H. Hannon Library's website.

This event is sponsored by the Academy of Catholic Thought & Imagination (ACTI) and the Marymount Institute with the support from William H. Hannon Library, School of Film and Television (SFTV) and the College of Communications & Fine Arts (CFA). 



Image Attribution: El sueño de la razón produce monstruos. (Francisco de Goya, 1746-1828)

Event Movie Kick-Off

Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks

Sunday, October 24

Access the Movie here

Lecture Series Information

Monster in Science

Monday, October 25 



Monster in Language

Tuesday, October. 26

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Monster in the Arts

Wednesday, October 27

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Monster in Society

Thursday, October 28 

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Movie Series Information

The Elephant Man

Directed by: David Lynch



Beauty and the Beast

Directed by: Jean Cocteau

Movie Info


Directed by: James Whale


Under the Skin

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer



Related Events

College of Communication & Fine Arts Presents:

Monster Mash Art Exhibit
Saturday, October 30
1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (PDT)

An exhibition at the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery featuring LMU student drawings and artworks inspired by the week’s films and presentations.

The event is only open to LMU/LLS students, staff and faculty. Mask is required to attend the event.

For any questions about this event, please contact Jane Brucker, professor in Art & Art History directly at


Image Attribution: Lacey Chappel '21 

Student Work Spotlight

A compilation of student projects from the College of Communication and Fine Arts.


Image Attribution: Lacey Chappel '21 

Additional Resources

Other Film Recommendations

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Angry Man (2009) 
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) 
Cronos (1993)
Ex Machina (2014)
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Godzilla (2014) 
Get Out (2017)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Black Mirror Series: Men Against Fire (2016)
Night and the Fog (1956)
Night of the Hunter (1955)
Old Boy (2003)
Parasite (2019)
Teza (2008)
The Act of Killing (2012)
The Brain That Would Not Die (1962)
The Host (2006)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Lobster (2015)
The Skin I Live In (2011)
Tony Manero (2008) 

Book Recommendations

 "ANIME. From Akira to Princess Mononoke" by Susan J. Napier.