The University of Scranton Humanities Forum

The online home for the Humanities Forum at The University of Scranton through the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Humanities

Anthea Butler on “Activism and Jesuit Education in the Age of Black Lives Matter, Race, and Nationalism,” 10/29 at 7pm

On Thursday, October 29 at 7pm, the Slattery Center for Humanities and College of Arts and Sciences welcome Dr. Anthea Butler for the first Humanities Forum of the year. Dr. Butler will give a talk entitled “Activism and Jesuit Education in the Age of Black Lives Matter, Race, and Nationalism” on Zoom and live on YouTube. The talk is open to all Scranton students, faculty, and staff, as well as the community.

You can stream the talk from our YouTube channel, here:

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World. Her current projects include, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, out in March 2021, and Reading Race: How Publishing created a lifeline for Black Baptists in Post Reconstruction America. Professor Butler currently serves as President Elect of the American Society for Church history, and is also member of the American Academy of Religion, American Historical Association, and the International Communications Association. She is also on the Board of Trustees for Loyola Baltimore. Professor Butler regularly writes opinion pieces covering religion, race, politics and popular culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, and The Guardian.

We hope you will join us for this timely and engaging talk.

Jennifer Frey, Iris Murdoch and Flannery O’Connor on Vision, Transcendence, and Morality, March 12

On March 12, University of South Carolina professor Jennifer Frey will deliver a talk entitled “Iris Murdoch and Flannery O’Connor on Vision, Transcendence, and Morality” at 5:30pm in the Heritage Room, 5th floor of Weinberg Memorial Library.

Dr. Frey is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, working at the intersection of the philosophy of action and ethics. She was recently a PI of a three year, 2.1 million dollar research project titled, “Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life.” She is the author of many articles and recently co-edited a book titled, Self-Transcendence and Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. She runs a popular philosophy podcast, “Sacred and Profane Love.”

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).

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.

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.

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