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October 2015

Gerhard L. Weinber Lecture: Germany during World War II

October 31 @ 9:15 am - 4:30 pm

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg, William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History, Emeritus This fall we bring to its conclusion Gerhard Weinberg’s popular series on individual nations during World War II. It’s fitting that we end with an in-depth look at Germany during World War II as that nation was the prime instigator of the conflict and Dr. Weinberg’s particular area of expertise. Participants will hear why another even more costly war followed so closely on the…

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November 2015

Environmental Drama, Social Conflicts, and the Meaning of Water

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

The PlayMakers Repertory Company recently offered an excellent production of An Enemy of the People, an 1882 play by Henrik Ibsen that was later adapted by Arthur Miller. This social drama portrays conflicts that erupt when a doctor discovers contaminations in “health baths” that are essential for a small town’s economy. Drawing on these themes, our seminar explores how environmental issues continue to flow into public conflicts, modern media, and conceptions of human rights. Drama historian Gregory Kable will explain…

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How Illness Changes our Lives and How the Humanities Change our Illnesses

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Everyone confronts the challenges of major illnesses in their own lives and/or in the lives of their close friends and family members. This seminar will draw on the arts and humanities to explore an inescapable question: how are you and your family transformed when you face major illnesses? Our speakers include faculty members Steven Reznick, who is currently dealing with the life-altering effects of ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” and Jennifer Ho, who has recently undergone extensive treatment for cancer.…

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Lecture: Modern Families in Transition

November 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Alumni Room never looked better!

Modern families in transition. The family is often considered the cornerstone of society, but in truth neither is stable—both are constantly undergoing changes. This seminar explores this relationship and challenge us to consider how the American family is undergoing radical transformations in response to social changes, and how our notion of society will be impacted in turn by new forms of family and inter-family dynamics.  We’ll learn how economic inequality, income and labor pressures, and falling marriage/rising divorce rates and…

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