‘The Stranger Guest’: Literature & New Motherhood
Lily Gurton-Wachter, Department of English
Sensuous Flavors: Food, Love, Culture
Nina Furstenau, Department of Science and Agriculture Journalism
Nathan Hofer, Department of Religious Studies
Poor, Obscure, Plain and Little: Maligning Charlotte Brontë on her 200th Birthday
Elizabeth Chang, Department of English
David Schenker, Department of ClassicsThe cacophony of the 2016 presidential season is upon us, with its punditry, Super PACs, and relentless bluster. Bernie or Hillary? Trump or Carson? The choices counfound us. So how do we choose? Eureka! We turn to the Classics, with the help of Professor David Schenker, who will show us some familiar leadership archtypes in Homer’s epics and find among our candidates their contemporary analogs.
Steve Weinberg, School of JournalismWe love to know about the lives of fascinating figures, but how does a biographer decide what to disclose and what is off limits? Acclaimed author Steve Weinberg, of MU’s School of Journalism, explores the biographer’s role and methodology, based in part on his experience writing about such compelling subjects as muckraker Ida Tarbell, magnate John D. Rockefeller, and Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau.
Signe Cohen, Department of Religious StudiesPlease join us as we kick off the 2015-16 Speaking of Culture season with…ancient Buddhist robot tales? Affirmative! Professor Signe Cohen of MU’s department of Religious Studies, teacher of wildly popular courses including “Harry Potter, Magic, and Religion” takes us to futures past in what is sure to be a fascinating talk.