Symposium on the Cinema of George A. Romero

October 6, 2018 at 10am

The Symposium will feature conversations about the work of Romero and his immense impact on the horror genre, on the cinema, and on popular culture. This symposium will examine Romero’s achievements in a series of panel discussions featuring distinguished filmmakers and scholars in conversation with each other, and with the audience.

Participants Include:


Tom Gunning (UChicago, author of The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity), Joan Hawkins (Indiana U, author of Cutting Edge: Art-Horror and the Horrific Avant-Garde), Isabel Cristina Pinedo (CUNY/Hunter, author of Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasure of Horror Film Viewing)


Peggy Ahwesh (The Deadman, Scary Movie, Martina's Playhouse), Adam Simon (Braindead, The American Nightmare, Salem [WGN, 2014-2017])


Adam Lowenstein (Pitt, author of Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film), Adam Hart (Pitt, author of Monstrous Forms: Moving-Image Horror Across Media [forthcoming])

Symposium Schedule

9:30am: Coffee/Opening Reception

10am: Opening Remarks from Adam Lowenstein (Pitt)

10:15-11am: Panel 1: George A. Romero and the American Independent Cinema.

An overview of Romero's career as an independent filmmaker in Pittsburgh, and his impact on independent, regional, and underground cinema.

11:15-12pm: Panel 2: George A. Romero and Genre, Horror, and Zombies.

A discussion of how Romero changed the horror genre, and the many ways that he engaged with horror throughout his career. 

12-1pm: Break for lunch

1-2:45pm: The American Nightmare, introduced by director Adam Simon. Followed by q&a with Simon and participants Tom Gunning and Adam Lowenstein

3-4:30pm: Panel 3: George A. Romero and Politics.

A conversation, with extended q&a with the audience, about Romero's career-long social engagements, and the ways that he used genre to make political and ideological critiques.

Admission is FREE!

Sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Art, University of Pittsburgh, and Warhol Museum.

Part of The Legacies of George A. Romero: Genre, Politics, and Independent Film series

Jeff Whitehead