The series begins with a book launch event. URI Philosophy Professor Galen Johnson’s book, “The Retrieval of the Beautiful, Thinking through Merleau-Pont’s Aesthetics,” combines the study of art and various artists, with the study of philosophy and a reconfiguration of the concept of the beautiful. The event, co-sponsored by URI’s College of Arts and Sciences, will feature a talk with and readings by the author followed by a question and answer period. A reception and book signing will conclude the event.
The complete schedule follows:
Oct. 7, 4:30-6 p.m.: “The Retrieval of the Beautiful: Thinking through Merleau-Ponty’s Aesthetics,” Galen Johnson, URI philosophy professor and director of the Center for the Humanities. Lippitt Hall Auditorium, Room 402, 5 Lippitt Road, Kingston.
Oct. 21, 4:30-6 p.m.: “From Perception to Conception: Metaphor, Perspective and the Art of Transition in Julio Medem’s Vacas,” Robert Manteiga, URI languages, film media and comparative literature professor. University Club, 95 Upper College Road, Kingston.
Oct. 28, 4:30-6 p.m.: “If It Wasn’t for Bad Luck, I Wouldn’t Have No Luck At All: Katrina, BP and a Tale of Trouble,” Judith Swift, URI communications studies professor and director of the Coastal Institute. University Club, 95 Upper College Road, Kingston.
Nov. 8, 4:30-6 p.m.: “Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1780-1914,” Pamela Warner, URI art and art history professor. Lippitt Hall Auditorium, Room 402, Kingston.
Nov. 18, 4:30-6 p.m.: “Mudflat Turf Wars: Land Use Documentaries and the NFB in Vancouver in the 1970’s,” Jean Walton, URI English and film media professor. Lippitt Hall, Room 401
Dec. 2, 4:30-6 p.m.: “Narrative Arithmetic, National Identity and Early Modern Pleasure Reading,” Travis Williams, URI English professor. Lippitt Hall, Room 401
For further questions, information and directions go to http://www.uri.edu/artsci/cfh/index.html.