Archive for February, 2011

Spring Athenaeum Series 2011: An Imagined Pilgrimage

Monday, February 28th, 2011

In the next presentation of the Spring 2011 Athenaeum series, Kent library will host Dr. Kathryne Beebe, professor of history, with “An Imagined Pilgrimage,” a multimedia concert based on Felix Fabri’s Sionpilger.

When the 15th century Dominican Friar, Felix Fabri, left Ulm in what is now southern Germany to make his two pilgrimages to the Holy Land, he strove to fulfill the promise he had made to the brethren of the Dominican Convent of Ulm to keep an exact record of all that he saw and befell him.  Later, the nuns of Medingen and Medlingen copied his ‘virtual’ pilgrimage text for themselves.  By reading it out loud, day by day, they became spiritual travelers.  Interlaced with prayers and hymns, Fabri’s Sionpilger formed a spiritual guide – a means by which the nuns could, while still confined to their convents, make a mental and spiritual pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

To create “An Imagined Pilgrimage,” Dr. Beebe collaborated with Dr. Jonathan Williams.  Williams has worked on a diverse array of musical projects from the opera La bohème to the original soundtrack for the movie Troy. He regularly works at Abbey Road Studios, conducting London’s top performers in large-scale choral/orchestral soundtracks for some the world’s biggest video game titles.  Together, Drs. Beebe and Williams combined images, selections of Fabri’s text, and contemporary medieval music mentioned in the Sionpilger to create a multimedia concert based on Dr. Beebe’s research and designed to take contemporary listeners on the same journey.

Dr. Beebe comes to Southeast from the University of Oxford.  Her research interests include medieval pilgrimage, the history of the book, women’s history and the cultural history of spirituality.

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Spring Athenaeum Series 2011: ‘In a Land Called Honalee: The Sixties in the Lives of American Children’

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The Athenaeum Spring Series will present “In a Land Called Honalee: The Sixties in the Lives of American Children” at noon February 23 in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place. Dr. Joel Rhodes will discuss the imprint of significant historical events during the 1960s on children born between 1956 and 1970, as well as the causal developmental results which may have resonated across the course of their life span. In other words, the question can be asked: How did the unique perspective of these children during the sixties influence their later lives as adults? Dr. Rhodes is also researching and writing a book on the 1960s as seen through the eyes of American children born between 1956 and 1970. If you would like to contribute an oral history to this project, please contact Dr. Rhodes at: jrhodes@semo.edu. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml

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Spring Athenaeum Series 2011: Afro-Peruvian Music

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Athenaeum Spring Series will present “Afro-Peruvian Music” at noon February 16 in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place. Dr. Debra Lee-DiStefano, Associate Professor of Spanish, will discuss the Afro-Peruvian community. She recently visited Chincha, the center of Afro-Peruvian culture. She will discuss the history of Blacks in Peru and share some of what she learned about the community while she was there. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml

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Spring Athenaeum Series 2011: Anti-Americanism in the Muslim World: Causes and Consequences

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Dr. Will Miller
Assistant Professor of Political Science

12 noon Sadie’s Place

Several polls have been conducted in Muslim majority countries since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the subsequent start of the “war on terror.” All of the polls show a clear trend of increasing negativity toward the United States. There are four commonly held categories of causation: a policy-based explanation, an identity-based explanation, an ideology-based explanation, and a domestic politics-based explanation. In this presentation, we will fully assess all four categories by looking at survey data from 2007 (Bush administration) and 2009 (Obama administration) pulled from seven nations in order to determine what really is driving anti-Americanism in the Muslim world.

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