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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
Doris Sommer Continues the Narrative and Social Justice Lecture Series with
Dr. Doris Sommer

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the schedule of speakers for the 2019 Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series, “Narrative and Social Justice.”

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. 

The Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated; your guests are welcome to attend. 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.

You can RSVP HERE.

Doris Sommer's talk and visit is 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.

Past Lectures in the 2019 Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series: 

Wednesday, March 13 (Avaya Auditorium) – Emily Greenwood, PhD, Professor and Chair of Classics at Yale University. Dr. Greenwood delivered the inaugural lecture, “Philology and Reparation: Resisting Anti-Human Errors in ‘Great’ Books”.

Upcoming Lectures in the 2019 Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series: 

Wednesday, September 11 (Avaya Auditorium) – Robin Lakoff, PhD, Professor of Linguistics (Emerita), The University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Lakoff will speak on the use of narrative control in maintaining power.

Wednesday, October 23 (Avaya Auditorium) – Jason De León, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, The University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. De León will speak on migration narratives.

About the Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series:
The Humanities Institute sponsors a series of free public lectures delivered by distinguished visitors to the University. The lectures are centered on a biennially selected theme or issue of broad intellectual and social importance — the same theme chosen for the Institute's Faculty Fellows Seminar. Previous visitors have included well-known humanities scholars as well as civic leaders. The 2018-2020 theme is "Narrative Across the Disciplines."

Read more about the 2018-2020 class of Faculty Fellows here. Please visit the Humanities Institute's blog, Thinking in Community, to keep up with our weekly posts on research presented in the Faculty Fellows Seminar.

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