U College lectures to focus on memory

The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Saturday Lecture series, sponsored by the MLA Program of University College in Arts & Sciences, will feature four University experts addressing the concept of “Commemoration: Public Memories of the Past in the Present for the Future.”

“In selecting the MLA series theme for this year, we drew inspiration from the overall Sesquicentennial theme of ‘Treasuring the Past, Shaping the Future’ and gave it a twist, treating these not as two separate activities but as interconnected ones,” said Robert E. Wiltenburg, Ph.D., dean of University College. “How we treat the past through commemoration and interpretation is often intimately connected to present concerns and choices — which in turn create the future.

“We’re delighted to have four distinguished faculty members examining these issues from different perspectives.”

Each lecture will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturdays in February in Gold-farb Auditorium in McDonnell Hall.

The schedule is listed here.

• Feb. 7: “Michelangelo and the Art of Commemoration.” Presented by William E. Wallace, Ph.D., the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History and chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology in Arts & Sciences.

• Feb. 14: “Toppling Statues: Iconoclasm and Memory.” Presented by Lynne Tatlock, Ph.D., the Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences.

• Feb. 21: “Is There a Case for Reparations for Slavery?” Presented by Gerald L. Early, Ph.D., the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, professor of English, of African and Afro-American Studies (AFAS), and of American Culture Studies, and director of The Center for the Humanities and interim co-director of AFAS, all in Arts & Sciences.

• Feb. 28: “How Does Memory Create Culture?” Presented by Pascal R. Boyer, Ph.D., the Henry Luce Professor of Collective and Individual Memory and professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences.

The MLA Saturday Lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 935-6700.

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