URI Center for the Humanities announces fall speaker series

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KINGSTON, R.I – September 16, 2010 –Beginning next month the University of Rhode Island’s Center for the Humanities will offer talks on various topics that include art and philosophy, national and gender identity, as well as the Gulf Coast as part of its fall lecture series entitled “Bridging the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.” All events are free and open to the public.

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.