Sue Vice

By WashU on September 7, 2018 in Art & Architecture, Fall 2018, Humanities

One of the many research interests of Sue Vice, who teaches contemporary literature, literary theory, culture, and film at the University of Sheffield, is the representation of the Holocaust. As this year’s Holocaust Memorial Lecturer, Vice will draw on her extensive knowledge of the varied forms of Holocaust literature and film that have entered the […]

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson

By WashU on September 6, 2018 in Fall 2018, Humanities

Sponsored by: Center for the Humanities; Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities, John Danforth Center on Religion and Politics For the acclaimed author Marilynne Robinson, religion is one of the most profound aspects of American life. As such, religious themes inform much of her fiction and nonfiction. She is currently completing a book on the Old […]

Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle

By WashU on September 4, 2018 in Fall 2018, Humanities

Some horror stories are written simply to set off a human being’s “fight or flight” response thereby providing a temporary kick, while others use the genre as a vehicle to deliver a message; to provide meaning to a story. Victor LaValle’s stories fall firmly in the latter category. By dropping his characters into extreme, terrifying […]

Curtis Sittenfeld

By Barbara Rea on July 27, 2018 in Fall 2014, Humanities / No Comments

Best selling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld shared stories about her work for the Neureuther Library Lecture, held on November 12, 2014, in Simon Hall May Auditorium.

Christoph Irmscher

By Barbara Rea on July 27, 2018 in Fall 2014, Humanities, Science & Technology / No Comments

In his October 27, 2014 lecture,”Talking About Race in 19th-century American Science: Louis Agassiz and His Contemporaries,” Christoph Irmscher discussed the brilliant and controversial Swiss immigrant who became the most famous scientist of his time. Irmscher gave the annual Thomas Hall History of Science Lecture in Rebstock Hall Room 215.

David Sedley

By Barbara Rea on July 27, 2018 in Humanities, Spring 2015 / No Comments

On March 19, David Sedley delivered the annual John and Penelope Biggs Lecture in the Classics, in Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom. Sedley addressed the question: “What Is Plato’s Theory of Forms?”

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels

By WashU on March 1, 2018 in Humanities, Spring 2018

As a doctoral student of religious studies at Harvard, Elaine Pagels found her own “forbidden fruit,” which came in the form of secret writings that were decreed heretical a very long time ago. As with Eve, the scholarly Pagels couldn’t resist the allure of learning all about these mysterious ancient texts that had been banned […]

Michael Wysession

Michael Wysession

By WashU on February 14, 2018 in Humanities, Spring 2018

The following feature story has been reprinted with permission by author Rebecca King Pierce, Digital Communication Editor for Arts & Sciences Climate change: The monster of our own making Michael Wysession sees many connections between climate change and the novel Frankenstein. Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the classic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern […]