Comparative Literature Luncheon to feature lecture on humanism

November 10, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — R. A. Judy, professor of critical and cultural studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will present at lecture titled, “Fanon on the Question of Species: Humanism as Restlessness (‘ala qalqin)" at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16,  in Room 102 of the Kern Building on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Judy is a member of the boundary 2 editorial collective. He is author of “(Dis)forming the American Canon: The Vernacular of African Arabic American Slave Narrative” (1992), and has published numerous essays in the areas of contemporary Islamic philosophy, literary/cultural theory, music, Arabic and world literatures, including “Some Thoughts on Naguib Mahfouz in the Spirit of Secular Criticism,” and “Sayyid Qutb’s fiqh al-waqi‘i, or New Realist Science.” Having studied Arabic language and literature at Al-Azhar University from 1975-79 and the Institut Bourguiba des Langues Vivantes, Université de Tunis I in 1988, he was subsequently a Fulbright Fellow at the Institut Bourguiba des Langues Vivantes from 1998-99, and has edited two important boundary 2 dossiers on Tunisia: “The Tunisian Revolution Dignity” (2012) and “Some Notes on the Status of Global English in Tunisia (2000).”

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation by a visitor or a local speaker on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit

Last Updated November 12, 2015