Trine University’s Humanities Symposia to focus on superstition

The second week of Trine University’s Humanities Symposia will feature a presentation on superstition at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Wells Theater, Taylor Hall.

Sarah Zimmer, lecturer in Trine University’s Department of Humanities and Communications, will discuss objects, instances of luck and misfortune. She also will talk about how some of the earliest civilizations cherished objects they believed would bring them good luck or stave off misfortune. From the goddess Fortune to the rabbit’s foot, Zimmer will look at how luck has been portrayed in art and culture through the ages.

“We are going to compare these objects that I am finding throughout different cultures with myths and folklore that we still practice today. We will discuss the origin of these objects and how they have been utilized in cultures over a period of time,” said Zimmer.

The free talks, scheduled each Tuesday through Nov. 8, are open to everyone. Trine students get CHAT credit for attending.

For more information about the Humanities Symposia, contact Sarah Young at or 260.665.4849.