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HUM 414 Lecture Schedule

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These lectures are free and open to the public. 

Spring 2014

Humanities Lecture Hall (HLH) 11:25a.m.-12:35p.m.

January 17, 2014

State of the World
Dr. Stratton, Assistant Professor, Department of Management

This introductory talk will present multi- and interdisciplinary frameworks to set the stage for students to explore the contemporary messiness facing humanity here and abroad. A balance of knowledge acquisition and strategies for organized action will be emphasized all in an effort to avoid apathy, develop empathy, and pursue meaningful opportunities to solve problems.

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January 24, 2014

Post Colonialism and the Cold War: Imperial Imperatives and Untold Narratives
Dr. Gloag, Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages

Who started the cold war? What sparked the Arab Spring? This lecture proposes a re-assessment of the standard narratives and accepted interpretations of these issues (and others pertaining to the Cold War and Postcolonialism) via brief case studies which will include discussions of the works of Césaire, Sartre, Polybius and Perry Anderson.

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January 31, 2014

Human Rights & Global Justice
Prof. Campbell, Lecturer, Humanities Program and LS 479 Coordinator

This lecture compares several significant positions advanced in the current global justice debates, and explores some ways that both individuals and states can be responsive to injustice around the world. 

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February 7, 2014

Poverty & Plenty
Dr. Mullen, Professor, Department of Political Science

Poverty & Plenty is a lecture that examines sources, manifestations and challenges facing the US as a democracy while also being the home of economic megaforces. 

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Cancelled due to weather.

February 14, 2014

Incarceration Nation
Dr. Walters, Professor, Department of Drama

This lecture will examine the reasons that the past 30 years have seen the number of inmates in federal custody grow by 800 percent, the majority for drug-related crimes, and more than 60 percent are racial and ethnic minorities. Why?


February 21, 2014

Women & Inequality
Dr. Hewitt, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology 

This lecture examines the complex layers of structural & cultural forces that produce & maintain gender inequality in the contemporary world, as well as the challenges & possibilities of meaningful change.

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Febraury 28, 2014

Sexuality, Gender & Identity: Contemporary Discourses
Dr. Russell, Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Director of the Inquiry ARC, UNC Asheville's QEP

How did we get from there to here to queer? 

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March 7, 2014

Uncertain Identity: Immigration & Emigration
Dr. Spellman, Professor, Department of History and Director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)

Immigration protocols are very recent developments. Prior to the twentieth century, humans moved freely (but infrequently) across land masses, oceans, and national borders. Why have states around the world become so exclusionary in recent decades? 

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March 14, 2014

Spring Break - No Lecture

March 21, 2014

Black Freedom Struggle
Dr. Judson, Associate Professor, Department of History and Africana Studies, and HUM 414 Coordinator

This lecture presents a broad look at African American protest thought during the height of the modern struggle for Black freedom in the United States. In this lecture, we examine the work and activism of such activists as Dr. King, Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, and the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

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March 28, 2014

Religion in a Globalized Society
Dr. Payne, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Thousands of excavated Paleolithic “Venus” statuettes suggest that the types of behavior we now term “religious” have been a part of the fabric of human life for at least 10,000 years.  In recent years, however, the pace of scientific and technological advance, coupled with rapid globalization, has brought profound changes to the place of religion in contemporary society.  Is religion a dangerous relic of an unscientific age or a unique evolutionary adaptation that has helped our species survive?  Must we “return” to its “fundamentals” or adapt it to meet the challenges of a postmodern age?

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April 4, 2014

Environmental Sustainability
Prof. Campbell, Lecturer, Humanities Program, and LS 479 Coordinator

 Threats to environmental sustainability cannot be addressed with technical solutions alone; this lecture considers some of the ways that human value systems contribute to environmental problems and how re-thinking environmental values can create positive change. 

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April 11, 2014

Women in Art
Prof. Eva Bares, Lecturer, Department of Art

The 20th century has witnessed a move toward more equitable representation of women artists, yet the most recent assessment of the art world shows: not all women are created equal.

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The Week in HUM 414April 18, 2014

Post Humanism

Dr. Bill Bares, Assistant Professor, Department of Music


This lecture examines the humanities and ideas about human "nature" through the lens of posthumanism—an increasingly popular scientific and philosophical worldview that recommends de-centering "the human" and embracing artifice in order to solve the world's most pressing problems.

April 25, 2014



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