During the school year, Greenfield Community College English professor Lillian Ruiz shares with students her knowledge of media and popular culture, Gothic literature, Shakespeare and women in literature.
Now, community members can get a taste of the type of material she teaches at GCC with a six-week, uncredited mini course called “The Horror Film in Media & Popular Culture.” Students in the course, to be held at The LAVA Center on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting July 6, will view six classic horror films and talk about their social commentary.
The LAVA Center, a community art space at 324 Main St. that opened at the beginning of 2020, focuses on sharing a wide variety of art forms, as well as promoting social justice. Ruiz’s relationship with The LAVA Center dates back to Halloween 2021, when she did an hour-and-a-half-long presentation on horror films. Since then, Ruiz has started working with the center long-term, becoming a board member. The course on horror films in partnership with GCC will be The LAVA Center’s first multi-week, in-person event.