Humanities festival draws on student, faculty expertise

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Two-day festival features speakers, art presentations

KINGSTON, R.I. –March 23, 2012– The University of Rhode Island’s Center for Humanities will bring together the talents and expertise of students and faculty with a two-day Spring Humanities Festival on the Kingston campus, Thursday , March 29 and Friday, March 30.

Former University of Rhode Island administrator Lynn Pasquerella, who is now president of Mount Holyoke College, will deliver a pair of speeches, including the keynote address March 29. Day two will feature seven addresses from URI faculty beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 5 p.m.

Mixed in throughout day two of the festival will be artistic presentations and performances from undergraduate and graduate students.

All events are free and open to the public.

Pasquerella, who once served as vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school and vice provost for academic affairs at URI, will first discuss “Women’s Leadership, Generational Forgetting and the Problem of Speaking for Others” when she delivers the annual Carlson Lecture in Gender and Women’s Studies in Swan Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m.

She will later talk about “Humanities and Social Justices” as the focus of the Humanities Festival keynote address at 7:30 p.m. in Lippitt Hall Auditorium.

Friday’s events will all take place in Lippitt Hall Auditorium, unless otherwise noted:

10 a.m. – “The Israel Coast Exploration Project 2011,” Bridget Buxton, history.

11 a.m. – “Dress, Identity and Place: Raiment in the Greek Village,” Linda Welters, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

11:50 a.m. – “Telling Without Words: Visual Narrative of a Changing Generation,” Robert Dilworth, Art & Art History (Fine Arts Center Main Gallery)

1:30 p.m. – “An 18th-Century Call to be Heeded Today: On Material Progress, Beauty and the Future of our Humanity(s),” Karen de Bruin, French, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

2:30 p.m. – “Word and Image in the Art Criticism of the Goncourt Brothers,” Pamela Warner, Art & Art History

3 p.m. – “Women’s Agency in the Middle Ages,” Joelle Rollo-Koster, professor and chair, History

4 p.m. – “Raise Your Voice: Examining Culture, Clash, Community and Change,” Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Psychology (URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies)

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