Humanities Series Offers Diversity of Speakers, Topics

Humanities Series Offers Diversity of Speakers, Topics

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

A memoirist whose work recalls her experiences growing up in the Australian outback, a writer presenting a reinterpretation of Dostoevsky for the post-Sept. 11 world and a defender of Sigmund Freud's legacy are among the highlights of the spring semester Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

Jonathan Lear, who has written on the legacy of Sigmund Freud, will speak at BC on March 12.
The series kicks off on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 101 with the Candlemas Lecture, "The Art of a Wasted Day," by Czech-American author Patricia Hampl, whose books include A Romantic Education, Virgin Time and I Could Tell You Stories.

Critically acclaimed poet Robin Becker comes to campus Feb. 13 to read from her latest work. The author of five volumes of poetry, Becker's most recent efforts contain a series of meditations on "The Horse Fair", a painting by Rosa Bonheur. Becker will appear in Devlin 101 at 7:30 p.m. This reading is co-sponsored by Poetry Days.

Calling attention to the repercussions of what she calls the "white supremacist capitalist society" Bell Hooks presents "Class Matters" on March 12 at 6 p.m. in Gasson 100. Hooks is the author of Feminism is for Everybody, Happy to be Nappy and Be Boy Buzz. Her latest tome is Where We Stand: Class Matters. The Sociology Department will co-sponsor this event.

Also on March 12, Jonathan Lear presents "The Therapeutic Action of Psychoanalysis" in Devlin 101 at 7:30 p.m. An author and defender of Sigmund Freud, Lear is the Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His books include Aristotle and Logical Theory, Aristotle: The Desire to Understand, Love and its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis, Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul and Happiness, Death, and The Remainder of Life.

An author who grew up in the Australian outback and went on to become the president of Smith College, Jill Ker Conway shares her writing and love of memoirs and biographies with the Boston College community on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100. Conway is the author of a trilogy of memoirs that include The Road from Coorain, True North: A Memoir and A Woman's Education.

Barnard College Professor of English Mary Gordon, an autobiographer and novelist who has explored family, place and church in her work presents "The Appetite for the Absolute: A Reading of Dostoevsky Post 9/11" on March 26 in Gasson 100 at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Religion and the Arts.

The final Humanities Series event of the year features a reading on April 10 by poet Erica Funkhouser, a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who last year published her fourth book of poems, Pursuit. Funkhouser will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 101.


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