Comparative Literature Luncheon to feature lecture by Rosemary Jolly on April 16

April 11, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rosemary Jolly, Weiss Chair of Humanities at Penn State, will present “Effluence, 'waste' and African Humanism: extra-anthropocentric being and human rightness,” at 12:15 p.m. April 16, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Jolly is the Weiss Chair of the Humanities: Literature and Human Rights, in the Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Rock Ethics Institute-Bioethics Program, African Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has published in the fields of South African literature and culture, postcolonial theory, and the critical medical humanities. Her work has involved mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She is particularly experienced in qualitative analysis of oral testimony and tools of qualitative research that involve embodied gesture in addition to conventional verbalization. Students interested in the nexus of gender, race and state-sponsored aggression in contexts of colonization and related structural, violence and the rhetoric of attempts at intergenerational peace-building in the wake of such violence, are welcome to contact her about their work.

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 and light lunch fare is 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  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.       

Last Updated April 18, 2018