"Interrogating Scholarly Responsibility in an Era of Market Fundamentalism"
November 22, 2012 Western University
"Public Intellectuals and the Crisis of Higher Education as a Public Good"
October 4th, 2012 Western University
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This video series was recently produced by members of The Word Hoard, and features interviews with Western English faculty.
The Word Hoard is an interdisciplinary journal of the arts and humanities. It exists to publish the work of graduate students working at Western University and across Canada, and is affiliated with the Graduate English Society at Western.
"How to turn your BA into a J-O-B: One English Grad's Tips for Launching Your Career"
Western alumna and English grad Anthea Rowe shares her tips for finding a "real" job - from the mistakes she made to the skills you'll need. Find out what jobs are out there, why HR directors love liberal arts grads, and what you can do today to start turning your arts degree into a meaningful career.
Alumni Western "Backpacks 2 Briefcase: Passport and Passion" February, 2012.
Bryson Gordon (Western English BA1998) returned to Western to give a talk about his adventures after graduation, sharing his journey from Western to his current job as the Senior Director charged with leading Microsoft’s direct-to-customer ecommerce business.
Dr. Susan Knabe, Women's Studies & Feminist Research
"Fun, Feisty, Feminist: WTF We're Talking Feminism"
January 31, 2013 London Public Library
How do we a find and forge feminist practice in the age of sound-bites, social media and sexualisation? In this talk, we will consider how we might be able to draw on historical and contemporary examples of feminist interventions, from the early Suffragettes to the Slutwalk phenomenon, to imagine a different kind of approach to understanding feminist education and practice that speaks to feminists and non-feminists of all ages.
Dr. Geneviève de Viveiros, Department of French Studies
"Sur la scène : adapting Balzac, Dumas and Zola on the stage"
November 28, 2012 London Public Library
The French literary landscape of the nineteenth century is marked by a tremendous production of adaptations of plays based on novels or short stories. Hundreds of adaptations from authors such as Balzac, Dumas, Hugo and Zola were staged in Paris theatres throughout the century. At times perceived as a form of plagiarism or as an outrageous merchandising of literature, these adaptations provoked heated discussions between literary critics, novelists and playwrights of the time. We will examine how the staging of works such as Dumas' Le Comte de Monte-Cristo or Zola's L'Assommoir, gave rise to a great number of publications where topics such as authorship, censorship and literary genres were passionately debated.
Dr. Steven Bruhm, Department of English
"The Counterfeit Child"
October 30, 2012 London Public Library
It is our great wish that our children be special, unique, a cut above the rest. But fiction can show us what might happen if that wish were to be granted: children who are really alien invaders with superior intelligence; cunning adults posing as children and exercising their cute wiles to disastrous effects; or demonic spawn bent from the cradle on taking over the world! This talk considers a range of "counterfeit" children and why they are so popular in current literature and film.
Dr. Samantha Brennan, Department of Philosophy
"Thinking Philosophically About the Family"
September 24, 2012 London Public Library
What makes a particular group of people 'a family'? What role do families play in our society? Does the family have a future? Does the notion of justice apply within families? Dr. Brennan’s work over the past ten years has focused on issues related to justice and the family and this talk will take up a series of questions about what families are and why they matter morally and politically.
Théâtre L'On Donne présente:
Dessine-moi un mouton!
March 2013, McManus Theatre
Le Théâtre l'On Donne, from the Department of French Studies at Western University (Canada), presents a play that brings to mind Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince: "I was awakened by an odd little voice. It said, 'If you please - draw me a sheep!'"
Dr. Patricia Churchland
University of California San Diego
"Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality"
November 2012, Western University
Dr. Stephen Gaukroger
University of Sydney
"Sensibility and Metaphysics: Diderot, Hume, Baumgarten and Herder"
September 21, 2012, Western University