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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Africana Studies Upcoming Event

Africana Studies is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Tess Onwueme, University of Wisconsin Professor of Global Letters. As the seventh annual Senghor-Damas-Cesaire lecture in Africana Studies, she will be presenting "Erupting Silences: Dr. Tess Onwueme Speaks/Performs the Soul of Africana" on November 14 at 4:00 pm at the Connelly Cinema.

Click here to view the event postcard

The event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program and the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

2011 Ph.D. Forum

Mark your calendars for the annual Graduate English Program Forum on applying for the Ph.D. On Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. in SAC 300, our two newest faculty members, Dr. Joe Drury, who received his Ph.D. at Penn, and Dr. Kamran Javadizadeh, who received his Ph.D. at Yale, will talk about the decision to pursue a Ph.D. and the nuts and bolts of applying. One of our recent graduates of the M.A. program, Don James McLaughlin, who is now pursuing his Ph.D. at Penn, will also talk about life in a Ph.D. program. Please email Dr. Hicks to R.S.V.P. by Friday, November 4th at 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Irish Studies Upcoming Events

Irish Studies has lined up a semester full of great lectures, readings, theatrical performances, and film screenings. On October 17, Patrick Mason, one of Ireland's leading theatre directors, will give the inaugural lecture for the Villanova-Abbey Theatre Exchange. His lecture, focusing on the new Irish Theatre, will be held at Dougherty West Lounge at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a reception. Click here to view the event poster!

On November 1, Booker Nominated Novelist Patrick McGuinness will host a reading at 5:30 pm in the Falvey Library Lounge.

Click here to view the Irish Studies fall 2011 event calendar

Check back for future events, or visit the Irish Studies website for more information.

"Entanglements of Matter and Meaning" Seminar

As part of our arrangement with the Women's Studies Consortium of Greater Philadelphia, Villanova Women's Studies is bringing Dr. Karen Barad to Villanova to run a seminar on "agential realism" on Wednesday, November 9th at 1:30 in the afternoon in Room 200 of the Health Center Building.

Dr. Barad is a Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research topics include feminist theory, physics, twentieth-century continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, philosophy of physics, cultural studies of science, and feminist science studies. Barad earned her Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics.

Her topic for the seminar is "Entanglements of Matter and Meaning" -- agential realism as an ethico-onto-epistemological understanding of mattering; what is entanglement?; why and how do entanglements matter; how to think with phenomena rather than objects; how to simultaneously acknowledge the importance of material and discursive elements; why objectivity requires accounting for issues of social justice.

 If you would like to attend, you must RSVP to the Director of Women's Studies, Dr. Lisa Sewell at lisa.sewell@villanova.edu.