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Susan Antebi, “Disability in the Archive: Hygiene, History, and Intercorporeality,” October 2

This Wednesday, October 2 at 5:30 in Pern Auditorium (BRN 228) the Humanities Forum continues with Dr. Susan Antebi. Dr. Antebi’s talk, “Disability in the Archive: Hygiene, History, and Intercorporeality” will focus on the idea of disability and as a way of being in the world, rather than a limiting set of ideas.

A professor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Antebi teaches contemporary and twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture and her current research focuses on disability and corporeality in the contexts of Mexican cultural production. She is the author of Carnal Inscriptions: Spanish American Narratives of Corporeal Difference and Disability, (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009). Her work in the area of disability studies stems from a long-standing interest in concepts and experiences of corporeal difference, particularly as tied to the history of ethnographic spectacle, and to the ethics of embodied identity in literature and performance.

Dr. Antebi’s talk will focus on how notions of disability regularly refer to limitations in a subject’s participation in the world. Yet disability studies scholars and activists have reframed the concept of disability in a variety of ways, focusing for example on collective or fluid subjects, or on disability as a material and social process of becoming rather than a determined condition. In her reading of disability as archival encounter, Dr. Antebi investigates the ways in which disability emerges in relation to distinct temporal frameworks, particularly in the first decades of twentieth-century Mexico. The present-day encounter with archival materials of disability in history is conceived as an embodied experience, necessarily tied to twenty-first century notions of disability and to the fraught horizons of cause and effect that still appear to shape the body’s origins and becomings.

Announcing the Fall 2019 Humanities Forum!

We are pleased to announce the lineup for this semester’s Humanities Forum. Featuring an award-winning author, acclaimed researcher in disability studies, noted scholar of masculinity and migration in Italy, as well as a major contributor to the world of modern philosophy, this semester’s forum will enliven The University of Scranton campus through lively discussion and debate.

Building upon last years wildly-successful Humanities Forum, this year’s offerings will feature 8 events curated by faculty members for the students, staff, and faculty at The University of Scranton. The Humanities Forum is a place where the campus and greater Scranton community can come together to engage with important topics brought to campus from speakers from across the humanistic disciplines.

We look forward to seeing you at our events. All events are free and open to the public.

Tonight! Cristina Rivera Garza Explores the Past Through Domestic Archeology

Join us for acclaimed author Cristina Rivera Garza’s exploration of her parents deportation from the United States in the 1930s though domestic objects that they left behind. Garza is one of the foremost authors working in the United States and recently won the Shirely Jackson Award for her novel The Tiaga Syndrome.

The talk will be at 5:30 in DeNaples 405. The event is free and open to the public.

Cristina Rivera Garza, “A Domestic Archeology of Repatriation,” September 11

On Wednesday, September 11 at 5:30 pm in DeNaples 405, we will kick off our Fall 2019 Humanities Forum with one of the foremost writers in the Spanish language and the recent winner of the Shirley Jackson Prize for her novel, The Taiga Syndrome, Cristina Rivera Garza. Garza’s talk will explore the deportation of her grandparents in the 1930s through the remains of their domestic objects — dishes, clothing, and furniture. The talk will be in English.


Tonight! Brian Conniff on Bruce Springsteen and the Catholic Imagination

Tonight, CAS Dean Brian Conniff will be speaking on the enduring connection between legendary American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen and seminal modernist writer Flannery O’Connor at 5:30 pm in LSC 133.

Brian Conniff has been the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2010. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University in Radford, Va. Prior to that, he served as a professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Conniff’s academic areas of expertise and research are lyric and modern poetry and prison writing. His book “The Lyric of Modern Poetry: Olson, Creeley, Bunting” was published in 1988 and his book entitled “Before the Law: Race, Violence and Morality in Contemporary American Prison Writing” is currently under consideration for publication.

Dr. Conniff has published more than two dozen articles in academic books and scholarly journals including, most recently “John Tracy Ellis and the Figure of the Catholic Intellectual” in Catholic Education; “Answering ‘The Waste Land:’ Robert Hayden and the Rise of African American Poetic Sequence” in The African American Review; and “Live from Death Row as Post-legal Prison Writing” in Literature and Law. He frequently writes book reviews for Religious Studies Review and Christianity and Literature.

During his career, he received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today and Campus Compact among others.

Dr. Conniff earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and his master’s degree in English literature from The University of Scranton. He earned a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Notre Dame.

Today! Catherine Cornille on Interreligious Empathy at 7pm in Brennan 228

Tonight at 7pm, Catherine Cornille will be presenting on interreligious empathy and dialogue at 7pm in Brennan 228.

Catherine Cornille is the Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture and professor of comparative theology at Boston College. From 2008-2013, she organized the Boston College Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue, bringing together scholars from different religions and various parts of the world to focus on fundamental questions in Interreligious Dialogue. Her research interests include the Theology of Religions and concrete questions in the Hindu-Christian and Buddhist-Christian dialogues. She is the author of The Im-Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue, the founding and managing editor of the book series Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts, and the editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue. She holds a licentiate in theology, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a Ph.D in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), as well as an M.A. in Asian Religions from the University of Hawaii.

Today! James Miller on Democracy at 5:30pm in the Heritage Room

Today, James Miller will present “Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World,” at 5:30pm in the Heritage Room on the 5th floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library. This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Initiative and the Schemel Forum.

James Miller is Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies, and Faculty Director of the MA in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism at The New School for Social Research. His latest book, Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World, has just been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

He is the author of six other books, including Flowers in the Dustbin: the Rise of Rock & Roll, 1947-1977, winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award and a Ralph Gleason BMI award for best music book of 1999; The Passion of Michel Foucault (1993), an interpretive essay on the life of the French philosopher and a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction, which has been translated into nine languages; “Democracy is in the Streets”: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago (1987), an account of the American student movement of the 1960s, also a National Book Critics Circle Finalist for General Nonfiction and recently recommended by Michael Kazin as one of the 5 essential books to understand the roots of the Occupy Wall Street movement (to read the article, please click here); Rousseau: Dreamer of Democracy (1984), a study of the origins of modern democracy; and History and Human Existence – From Marx to Merleau-Ponty, an analysis of Marx and the French existentialists.

The original editor of The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll (1976), he has written about music since the 1960s, when one of his early record reviews appeared in the third issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Subsequent pieces on music have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times and Newsweek, where he was a book reviewer and pop music critic between 1981 and 1990. Pieces on philosophy and history have appeared in The London Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review. In 2000, the magazine Lingua Franca published his best-known essay, “Is Bad Writing Necessary? George Orwell, Theodor Adorno, and the Politics of Language.”

Besides publishing in such peer-reviewed academic journals as History and Theory and Political Theory, he has contributed to a variety of reference works, from Encyclopedia Britannica and A New Literary History of America, published by Harvard in 2009, to the Dictionnaire de philosophie morale edited by Monique Canto-Sperber in 1996.

From 2000 to 2008, he edited Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an NEH Fellow twice, and in 2006-2007 he was a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. A native of Chicago, he was educated at Pomona College in California, and at Brandeis University, where he received a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas in 1976.

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