Humanities Festival

April 4 – 5, 2013 at Webster University

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Screening of ‘Double Indemnity' with Scott Phillips, author of detective novels will lead Q&A post screening. 

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Double Indemnity at the Rep: Pre-show talk at Browning Main Stage, Loretto –Hilton Theater with Steven Woolf, Artistic Director at the Rep, and Dr. Meg Sempreora, Professor of Literature at Webster University.

In conjunction with the 2013 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, Humanitiesthe School of Arts and Sciences and Webster University will sponsor Double Indemnity at Winifred Moore Auditorium at 7:30, Thursday April 4 with speaker Scott Phillips, writer of the noir tradition. His first novel, The Ice Harvest, won the California Book Award and was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Assoc. Dagger Award.

On Friday, April 5 we will also sponsor a pre show talk before the play, Double Indemnity. At the Main Stage in the Loretto Hilton, Steven Woolf, Artistic Director at the Rep, and Dr. Meg Sempreora, Professor of Literature will speak about the show. The stage adaptation is made from the novel of the same name by James McCain.

So how does this fit into the Festival's year's theme, ‘Money/Greed'? “Double indemnity” is a clause in a life insurance or accident policy whereby the company agrees to pay double the face value of the policy.

The Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival was founded by former Director of the Washington University Center for the Humanities, Gerald Early, and is now in its third year. This year the Festival has a dozen participating local institutions, each of which contributes one event that relates to the theme "Money, Need, Greed, and Generosity." (Please see the Festival website.

The event is sponsored by The Whitaker Foundation, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, the Clinton Global Initiative University, and the Washington University Center for the Humanities. Along with other events associated with the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, this will be promoted on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and the 9 Network is creating a short commercial about the Festival to air on the local PBS station. The event is free and open to the public.

For More Information, Please Contant:

Paula Hanssen
Assoc. Prof., International Languages and Cultures
Webster University
Sec/Treasurer, International Brecht Society


Emily Grise
Executive Assistant
College of Arts & Sciences
Webster University