Center for Global Studies launches brown bag lectures

January 21, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Center for Global Studies at Penn State launched its Brown Bag Lectures on Jan. 21 with a talk by Ana Cortejoso De Andrés, a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. The series will continue from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 101 Botany Building throughout the spring semester.

The lectures will highlight faculty and graduate research in global fields. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. Cookies, tea and coffee will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch. For the spring semester, the center will host the following speakers:

-- Feb. 18: ''Sounds of Resistance: Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus vs. `Actually Existing Socialism' Between 1970 and 1989,'' by Juliane Schicker, a doctoral student in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her talk will focus on how Kurt Masur used his concert hall to portray his own utopia within a restrictive state. Juliane's research focuses on the artistic expression of the self and the connection between literature, music and society.

-- March 25: ''Conservatism, Orthodoxy and Intellectual Change: the Qingyuan School of Learning in Early Modern China,'' by Courtney Rong-Fu, a doctoral candidate in the Departments  of History and Asian Studies. Her talk will focus on the survival state of Cheng-Chu Confucianism during the mid to late Ming period. It will provide glimpses into Chinese early modernity, as conservatism endangered the coming changes. Her interests tend to focus upon socio-cultural history of late imperial China with special emphasis on scholarly and literati activities.

-- April 1: ''Under Institutional Eyes: The Search for Collectivity in the Postsocialist Transpacific Novel,'' by Darwin Tsen, fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies. His talk will cover the specific forms of collectivity and institutionality imagined by Mo Yan, China’s most high-profiled contemporary writer. Darwin's dissertation project looked at how collectivity is imagined by authors in China.

-- April 15: "Islam and the Literary Imaginary in Twentieth Century North Africa," by Hoda El Shakry, assistant professor of comparative, Arabic and African literatures. She will explore the influence of Islamic thought and philosophy on the region of the Maghreb -- the areas of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Her interests lie in modern literature, criticism and visual culture of the Middle East and North Africa. She has multiple books published in her field of study.

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Last Updated January 22, 2015