Humanities Institute

Doris Sommer Continues the Narrative and Social Justice Lecture Series with "Pre-Texts in a Dublin Prison: StoryDads Tell Tall Tales"

Wed, April 3, 2019 | Auditorium, Blanton Museum of Art (Edgar A. Smith Building, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Doris Sommer, Harvard University
Doris Sommer, Harvard University

Doris Sommer, the Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, and Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, will deliver the second lecture in the Institute's Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series, "Narrative and Social Justice." Dr. Sommer's lecture, "Pre-Texts in a Dublin Prison: StoryDads Tell Tall Tales" will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7 PM at the Blanton Museum of Art's Auditorium (Edgar A. Smith Building, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd).

Dr. Sommer is the 2019 C.L. and Henriette Cline Visiting Professor in the Humanities. Her visit is a partnership between the Humanities Institute and the Blanton Museum of Art. On April 6, Dr. Sommer will lead a community Reading Through Art event from 11 AM- 2 PM at the Blanton Museum (registration is required). Dr. Sommer will return in Fall 2019 for additional community activities. 

About the speaker:
Dr. Sommer's academic and outreach work promotes development through arts and humanities, specifically through “Pre-Texts” in Boston Public Schools, throughout Latin America and beyond. Developed by Dr. Sommer, Pre-Texts is an arts-based training program for teachers of literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship, which encourages students to view reading as an artistic and creative activity. The underlying theory for Pre-Text is discussed in her most recent book, The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2014). Her other books include Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004), Proceed with Caution when Engaged by Minority Literature (1999), and Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991).  Sommer has enjoyed and is dedicated to developing good public school education. She has a B.A. from New Jersey's Douglass College for Women, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. This event will take place in the Blanton Auditorium, located across the plaza from the Museum in the Smith Building. Parking is available in the Brazos Garage on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Brazos Street. Bring your ticket with you to the event for validation and a reduced rate.

To RSVP for this event please click HERE.


Sponsored by: the Humanities Institute through the C.L. and Henriette Cline Visiting Professorship in the Humanities and the Blanton Museum of Art through the Words/Matter Exhibit

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