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Today! Jonathan Gray at 5:30 in Pearn Auditorium (BRN 228)

Join  us today for a timely talk about the intersections between race and the critically-acclaimed HBO series, The Watchmen, by Jonathan W. Gray at 5:30 in Brennan 228.

Jonathan W. Gray, “Living at the End of History: HBO’s Watchmen and African American Citizenship,” 2/24

On Monday, February 24, Jonathan Gray will give a talk entitled “Living at the End of History: HBO’s Watchmen and African American Citizenship” at 5:30pm in Pearn Auditorium (BRN 228).

The Watchmen has been a cultural touchstone ever since its release. In his talk, Gray will explore how the recent critically-acclaimed HBO series explores notions of race and citizenship.

Jonathan W. Gray is Associate Professor English at the CUNY Graduate Center & John Jay College, CUNY. He is the author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination (Mississippi) and is currently working on Illustrating the Race (Columbia), an investigation of Black representation in comics published since 1966. Prof. Gray co-edited the essay collection Disability in Comics and Graphic Novels for Palgrave McMillian and contributed the chapter on Race to the forthcoming Keywords in Comics Studies (NYU). He is a founding member of the MLA Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives and founded the Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace).

Today! John Fletcher at 5:30 in Pearn Auditorum (BRN 228)

Join us today for our first Humanities Forum event of the semester, John Fletcher’s talk: “Real Trouble: Performing Irony and Identity in a Deepfake World” at 5:30pm in Pearn Auditorium (BRN 228).

John Fletcher, “Real Trouble: Performing Irony and Identity in a Deepfake World,” 2/19

On Wednesday, February 19 at 5:30pm in Pearn Auditorum (BRN 228), Dr. John Fletcher will kick off the Spring 2020 Humanities Forum with his talk “Real Trouble: Performing Irony and Identity in a Deepfake World.”

Deepfakes have become a part of our contemporary lives. These algorithmically-generated manipulations of images and videos have been profiled by Reset, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and recently in The Atlantic as ways that disinformation and misinformation proliferates online.

John Fletcher is the Billy J. Harbin Associate Professor of Theatre at Louisiana State University. He studies social change performance, evangelical Christianity, and online disinformation/misinformation. His work appears in journals such as Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Survey, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Performance Matters as well as in anthologies such as Theatre, Performance, and Change (Palgrave 2018), Performing the Secular: Religion, Representation, and Politics (Palgrave 2017), and Theatre Historiography: Critical Interventions (Michigan 2010). His monograph Preaching to Convert: Evangelical Outreach and Performance Activism in a Secular Age was published in 2013 by Michigan. He serves as the co-editor of Theatre Topics. Current research projects involve investigating the endpoints of activist performance and theorizing irony/mendacity in online performance.

We hope you will join us for Dr. Fletcher’s talk.

Tonight! Fred Beiser at 5:30 in Heritage Room (WML 5th Floor)

Please join us this evening for the final presentation of this fall for the 2019-20 Humanities Forum. Fred Beiser will be giving his talk “Schopenhauer’s Legacy” at 5:30 in the Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library 5th Floor.

Fred Beiser, “Schopenhauer’s Legacy,” 11/20

On Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30pm in the Heritage Room (WML 5th floor), Fred Beiser will give a talk entitled “Schopenhauer’s Legacy” as a part of the 2019-2020 Humanities Forum. Professor Beiser has been a major contributor to work on the history of modern philosophy, especially the history of German philosophy (Kant and German idealism) and the English Enlightenment. His book The Fate of Reason: German Philosophy from Kant to Fichte won the 1987 Thomas J. Wilson Prize for the Best First Book. Students in Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy honors society, have been reading his recent book, Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860-1900. 
As a part of the Slattery Center for Humanities, the Humanities Forum seeks to bring engaging speakers and artists to campus to enrich our campus climate; engage in public lectures and discussions; and interact with students, faculty, staff, and the Scranton community.
We hope you join us for this, our last event of the Fall, and what should be an exciting presentation.

“From the White House to the Work Force,” with Denis McDonough, 11/13

The inaugural Humanities in Action, sponsored by the Slattery Center for Humanities, event will occur this Wednesday at 5:30 in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The outlook, skills and training required for jobs in the future will be discussed by Denis McDonough, former chief of staff to President Obama and current senior principal at the Markle Foundation, where he chairs the Rework America Task Force.

At the Humanities in Action Lecture, University of Scranton philosophy professor Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., and Scranton Times-Tribune education reporter Sarah Hofius Hall will lead a question and answer session with McDonough. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions as well. We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity.

Tonight! Lisa Dolasinski on hip-hop and identity in Italy

Tonight at 7:30 in Pearn Auditorium (BRN 228), we hope you will join us for what should be a fascinating conversation on culture as well as the emergence and role of hip-hop in contemporary Italy by Italian scholar Lisa Dolasinski.

Lisa Dolasinski, In between Ethnic Heritage and Italian Identity: The Rise of Hip- Hop in Mainstream Italy, November 7

On Thursday, November 7, we are proud to bring Italian scholar Lisa Dolasinski to campus to discuss ethnicity in contemporary Italian culture. Looking through the lens of hip hop, Dolasinski investigates the richness and unique expression of Italian musical artists and Italian culture. We hope you will join us at 7:30 in Brennan 228 for what should be an enlightening and entertaining talk.

Today & Tomorrow, the Launch of the Sondra and Morey Myers Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in the Humanities & Civic Engagement

We hope you will join us tonight and tomorrow for what should be an exciting series of conversations about the Crisis of Democracy, it’s ramifications, and what can be done.

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