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Fall 2011 Athenæum Series: From Gutenberg to Google: Southeast’s History of the Book

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Please join us on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at noon in Kent Library for the Fall 2011 Athenaeum Series Presentation “From Gutenberg to Google: Southeast’s History of the Book”.

UI 456: History of the Book is a new interdisciplinary seminar and hands-on workshop that offers students the chance to study the influence of printing on the formation of world cultures up to the digital age.  Dr. Kathryne Beebe and her students will discuss how they are using the approaches of history, studio art, and art history to explore the physical technologies of the written and printed word.  In this Athenaeum presentation, this semester’s students will present their findings and their final book-making projects, all of which use one or more of these technologies to probe the boundaries between oral and written, manuscript and print, self and “other”.

Everyone is welcome, and snacks will be provided.


Fall 2011 Athenæum Series: Composing with New Media: Expanding Our Notions of Text

Monday, November 28th, 2011

With Dr. Missy Nieveen-Phegley, noon on Wednesday,  November 30 in Sadie’s Place.

Dr. Nieveen-Phegley will help us navigate through our media-rich culture, as we are inundated with new ways of communicating, requiring us to rethink the ways that we define both the act of writing and the texts that we create.While new media does include new forms of digital communication, it is not limited to texts that simply rely on new technologies; rather, “newmedia”   is defined by the rhetorically sound, creative use and repurposing of media. As we begin to understand that any type of text can be used to create rhetorically significant information, we can recognize the power of our texts as they evoke varying responses dependent upon the rhetorical situation in both the creation and consumption of that text.  This event is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit


Kent Library’s Fall 2011 Athenæum Series Student Music Recital

Friday, November 11th, 2011

On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. Jeff Noonan and student musicians from the Music Department of Southeast Missouri State University’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will present musical selections from some of the world’s treasured musical masterpieces. This event is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit


Fall 2011 Athenæum Series: From the Engagement of Anthropology to the Anthropology of Engagement

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place on Wednesday, Nov. 9th 2011 at noon, presented by Dr. Joshua Hatton, Department of Global Cultures and Languages.

Dr. Hatton writes, “Recently, some left-liberal anthropologists have argued that their discipline is and should be ‘engaged.’ In this presentation, I take a further step away from the project of the ‘engagement’ of anthropology, with the aim of being able to see it more clearly as an object. I show how the academic rhetoric of ‘engagement’ can be understood as being both a reaction to and a legitimation of neoliberal changes in the university sector in both the U.K. and U.S. I conclude by suggesting an alternative to ‘engagement’ for anthropologists and academics in related disciplines who are committed to using their scholarship to promote civil rights.”

Snacks will be provided, and the presentation is open to all.


Fall 2011 Athenæum Series Fatal Encounters: Responding to Royal Death and Epidemic Disease in Seventeenth-Century Puebla, Mexico

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12-1 pm Kent Library, Sadie’s Place

Byy Erika Hosselkus, Department of History, this presentation explores how Spanish, Native American, and mixed-heritage residents of the Puebla region of Mexico responded to death during the seventeenth century. From official obsequies organized on Queen Margaret’s death to religious processions intended to alleviate suffering caused by smallpox and other diseases, fascinating historical documents illuminate beliefs regarding death and dying in Catholic colonial Mexico. In turn, such documents also highlight how corporate groups – the church, city council, and the family, among others – worked to understand, contextualize, and control events that might be called “fatal encounters,” and the experience of death in seventeenth-century Puebla.


The Confederate Temptation: Spain and the American Civil War

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

During the American Civil War, Spain seriously considered entering the conflict on the side of the Confederate States of America, an intervention that could have been decisive. In this presentation, Dr. Wayne Bowen will recount the negotiations between the European powers, Spanish military maneuvers in the Caribbean, and the efforts by the United States to forestall Spanish aid to the Confederacy. It is the first comprehensive look at relations between Spain and the two antagonists of the American Civil War.
The presentation will take place in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place on October 26, 2011 at noon. Snacks will be provided, and the presentation is open to all.

Fall 2011 Athenæum Series- STILL: The Iconography of the Pieta in Contemporary Photography

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Wednesday, Oct 5 12:30p to 1:30p

There is an inherited language in visual culture, beginning with the traditions of sculpture and painting, continued, or adopted and re-contextualized, in photography and film. The contemporary photographers presented in Still have adopted the Pieta figure of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods to express different themes, some personal, some mythological, some fantasy, but all of which offer a glimpse into their internal worlds.


Athenaeum presentation: Benjie Heu – Current Work

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The ceramics of Benjie Heu expresses a personal narrative with the most outlandish adventures accounted with an eye fixed on the bare essentials. Battles against time, against the obstacles that prevent the fulfillment of desire or the repossession of something cherished but lost are themes that inspire him. Revealing truth and humor in the face of horror and the seemingly absurd is his answer.

Please join us for this event in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place at 12:30 on Wednesday, September 14. Refreshments will be provided.