Humanities Symposia will explore diverse subjects

FEB. 19 – The Humanities Symposia, presented by the Department of Humanities and Communication at Trine University, returns March 1 with a semester full of diverse presentations.  

Each free lecture is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. in Wells Theater, Taylor Hall. 

Tuesday, March 1, “Touchdown Jesus: Do Sports and Religious Metaphors Really Mix?”  The Rev. Keith Wittepastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Center, Ohio, will look at the background and development of the football terms “Hail Mary” and the “Immaculate Reception.” Then, he will explore how these uses compare to the actual definition and use of the Hail Mary prayer and the doctrine of the “Immaculate Conception of Our Lord.” Do they fit well together? Or, are they more like mixed metaphors?  

Tuesday, March 15, “Hoosier Writers at the Bicentennial: Literary Tourism in Indiana”  Trine’s information services librarian, Heather Howard, will explain how to explore the history of Indiana authorship by visiting author homes and book sites. She will focus on Hoosier authors Gene Stratton Porter, John Green and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Howard’s talk is a part of a statewide celebration of the 2016 Indiana bicentennial. Trine is a recipient of the Next Indiana Bookshelf, a collection of 13 titles designed to spark conversation during the bicentennial. 

Tuesday, March 22, “We’ve Come A Long Way, ‘Baby:’ Women’s Rights Organizing Past, Present & Future”  In honor of Women’s History month, Lillian Stoner of LaGrange, a former union organizer, current member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and peace activist, will share her experiences in the women’s movement during the 1960s and 70s. 

Tuesday, March 29, “What Do Dragons, Witches and Church Members Have in Common?”  Join Lou Ann Homan, adjunct professor, and her creative writing class as they share some of their original writings to explore what connects dragons, witches and church members. Students will present various genres and styles of writing. 

Tuesday, April 5, “The Sense of Stories or Why Should I care about Genre?”  For most readers, the best part of a book or film is what happens. It is typically only those who study the medium – literature teachers and film critics – who care passionately about how the story is told. In this talk, Jeanette Goddard, Ph.D. will argue that because the stories we hear give us a framework through which we understand our own lives, we should all pay attention to the structures of stories. Goddard is the dean of education programs at Trinity Christian College in Chicago. 

Tuesday, April 26 – “Shakespeare and PR: Presenting the Self” As principal playwright and part owner of a theatrical group in a sharply competitive market, Shakespeare understood public relations. Thomas “Tom” Tierney, Ph.D., Trine professor emeritus, will discuss how the Bard’s kingly characters Prince Hal, Henry IV, King Claudius and Richard III are endowed by their creator with similar powers in managing their images.