On the Same Page gives new students in the College of Letters & Science something to talk about: a work by a figure who has changed the way we view the world. This year, we're all on the same page viewing The Ice Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

View the films

All new L&S freshmen and transfers received free DVDs by mail over the summer, after they submitted their statement of intent to register. L&S faculty members received DVDs by mail this spring. DVDs and screenplays are also on reserve at the library. And the residence halls hosted film viewing nights this spring.

Discuss the Films

The College offered Freshman and Sophomore Seminars about the films in Spring 2009 and Fall 2008.

Faculty members led one-time discussions about the films early in the fall semester.

Some faculty members incorporated the films into one of their regular courses, including a new Discovery Course called L&S 20D Ang Lee, James Schamus and American Film Genres.

On the Same Page has a Facebook fan page.

Encounter Ang Lee and James Schamus

Ang Lee and James Schamus appeared in conversation with Professor Jeffrey Knapp on March 16, 2009 at Zellerbach Hall. (View an excerpt.) This event was presented in association with Cal Performances. The program included a sneak peek of footage from the team's new movie, this summer's Taking Woodstock, starring Demetri Martin.

Ang Lee hosted a Q&A session after a screening of his film Lust, Caution at 7:00 p.m. on March 17, 2009, in Wheeler Auditorium.

"Lessons from Gertrud:" James Schamus discussed Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud at 10:00 a.m. on March 17, 2009 in 261 Campbell Hall, following a free screening on Thursday, March 5, from 5-7:00 p.m. in 142 Dwinelle Hall.

James Schamus moderated a panel discussion on Socially Engaged Art at 4:00 p.m. on March 17, 2009 in the Maud Fife Room in Wheeler Hall.

Eight new students in L&S who attended a one-time discussion of the films won a drawing to have lunch with Ang Lee and James Schamus on March 17.

Last Year's Event: Garry Wills

Portrait of Garry Wills

Garry Wills spoke at Zellerbach Hall on September 26, 2007. For more information, see the Wills event home page.

Inaugural Event: Stephen Hawking

Book cover

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking spoke to an overflow crowd at Zellerbach Hall on March 13, 2007. For more information, see the press coverage and Hawking event home page.