Wayne State Humanities Center

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Tuesday
Nov
1
2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm
12:30-1:30pm
Billicia Hines, Theatre & Dance, Assistant Professor- Dominique Morisseau: Exploring Detroit’s Community through the Three-Play Cycle Detroit Projects Abstract: The Motor City’s tumultuous times have been looked at nationally through an exterior lens, but very little has been emphasized about how the continual loss of community affected the city. Through erasing the blight through urban renewal, race rebellions, and a devastating recession, the Detroit community continually are forced to rebuild. The Detroit Projects is a 3-play cycle by Dominique Morisseau that depict three eras in Detroit that were critical in changing the landscape of the city. They explore a variety of forms of experiences that are unique to Detroit, but continues to explore the sense of community versus the continual loss of community .Paradise Blue (1949) shines light on the challenges of building a better future of what our predecessors have left us. Detroit ’67 looks at the explosive and unstable days of the 1967 rebellion. Skeleton Crew (2008) depicts four auto workers facing an uncertain future as the city edges toward the 2008 recession. This presentation will explore Detroit’s sense of community versus a loss in community through Dominique Morriseau’s 3-play cycle. https://www.facebook.com/events/195786577528348/
Thursday
Oct
27
2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm
12:30-1:30pm
Jorgelina Corbatta, CMLLC, Professor "Intimacy and Sexuality in Luisa Valenzuela's Black Novel with Argentines and Diaries of New York." The purpose of my talk is the analysis of some texts of the Argentine writer Luisa Valenzuela (Buenos Aires, 1939) focused on the notions of intimacy and sexuality. I will combine literary criticism and psychoanalysis, from Freud to Leo Bersani and other contemporary theorists, in order to explore not only the behavior of Valenzuela's fictional characters but also the representation of her personal life narrated as auto-fiction (according to the definition of Serge Doubrovsly). Intimacy is a fundamental human need but many factors inhibit this capacity. The capacity for intimacy develops from the matrix of the mother-infant relationship with its initial symbiotic phase to the subsequent separation-individuation process. Without proper passage through this process, fears of engulfment and abandonment will stifle intimacy. In Valenzuela's narrative, especially in Black Novel with Argentines and in her Diaries of New York, personal conflicts are fictionalized and represented in her characters or in her fictionalized alter ego putting into evidence the thorny nature of human intimacy (as in Schopenhauer' fable about porcupines often quoted by Freud). https://www.facebook.com/events/351212948557046/
Wednesday
Oct
26
2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm
12:30-1:30pm
Race, Religion, and Politics - R. Khari Brown, Sociology, Associate Professor https://www.facebook.com/events/203708633373884/
Tuesday
Oct
25
2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 12:30-1:30pm
12:30-1:30pm
How Art Making informs Meaning-Making in Service-Learning Presented by Holly Feen-Calligan, Art Education, Associate Professor, Co-Presenters: Kayla Lopez, Valerie Smith, Kenzie Timm, and Elizabeth Webster https://www.facebook.com/events/1784636755127222/