Students, enjoy a fun night of free improvised theatre and games.
Humanities Alumni Reunion
Cost is $15.00/person. Free to current Humanities students. Registration is required via the following link
Minds@Work with Visiting Poet Francesca Abbate
Minds@Work: “The Bard, the Laird and the Lender: Mathematical Themes in The Merchant of Venice” presented by Michael Wodzak
Minds@Work - Elizabeth Marzoni to present poetry reading with Monica Berlin
Minds@Work: Vickie Holtz-Wodzak presenting Rhetoric vs. Witness: Tolkien's Response to the Language of Conflict
In The Silmarillion, Feanor is “a master of words, and his tongue had great power over hearts when he would use it.” His words bring the Noldor to grief and inspire his sons to destructive oath-taking. Saruman is similarly a master of language, and “those who listened unwarily to that voice…all that it said seemed wise and reasonable, and desire awoke in them by swift agreement to seem wise themselves.” Even Gandalf comes close to abusing the power of language when he enables Bilbo to relinquish the Ring to Frodo. These examples, and others, suggest a wariness on Tolkien’s part of the power of language that is exerted to persuade. Given the historical backdrop of the propaganda efforts of two world wars, such wariness seems wise. So, what is the proper response of the writer to such abuse of language? Carolyn Forche describes what she terms "the poetry of witness," saying "the poem makes present to us the experience of the other, the poem is the experience, rather than a symbolic representation. When we read the poem as witness, we are marked by it and become ourselves witnesses to what it has made present before us." Similarly, Wilfred Owen, in the preface to his posthumously published collection of poems writes, "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. . . . All a poet can do today is warn." I argue that Tolkien's work demonstrates the dangers of persuasive language and exemplifies Forche's poetry of witness. It functions, like Owen's work, to both invoke pity and offer sober warning.
Minds@Work: Jason Howard presenting Imagination and Diversity: Fantasy Role Playing as Community Inquiry
Minds@Work: Jesús Jambrina presenting "Uncovering Jewish Zamora"
Minds@Work: Beth Marzoni
English Presents: Minds@Work, “Suite for the Retrospective [poems after Doris Salcedol]” featuring Dr. Beth Marzoni
Minds@Work is monthly event featuring a faculty member talking about the process of developing a specific scholarship project, both to share their work and to model for students how they might develop their own research or creative projects. The emphasis is on aiming the informal conversation at students and engaging them in discussion about various aspects of the subject.
This month, Dr. Marzoni will read & talk about her new series of poems that revolves around Columbian artist Doris Salcedo’s work. Salcedo makes art that responds to her country’s social & political landscape, especially its history of civil conflict & violence. We’ll talk about Salcedo’s art & Salcedo’s context; her methods & Marzoni’s methods; the relationship between art & social justice, between art & violence; memorial & the poetry of witness—its ethics, especially.
This event is free and open to the public.
Lil' Sibs Weekend: "Into the Woods" Movie; sponsored by VU After Dark
Students: Bring your siblings to catch the Disney movie, Into the Woods, on the big screen. Snacks provided. If you don't have a sibling; come any way.
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 19:00
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:00
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:00
Thursday, April 23, 2015 (All day)
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 15:30 to 16:30
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:30 to 12:30
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 13:30 to 14:30
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 21:00
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 19:00
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:00 to 12:00
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 11:00 to 13:30