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10/26/2017

Poster for Dr. Ussia's CIQR talk on 10/26

Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: The Infinite Terror of Open Spaces
Presenter: Dr. Matthew Ussia, Department of English and Theatre Arts, Duquesne University

Abstract:
This talk explores the anxieties that dominate contemporary discourse about college campuses. It begins with lesson planning as the Virginia Tech Massacre was unfolding on cable news, and goes on to explore human subjectivity under privatization utilizing Fight Club, torture porn, and the short-lived cable reality show Campus PD as examples, ending with contemporary safe space controversies. Campus has long represented a space a part from the home. Under privatization, anything that cannot be owned and locked away is therefore suspect, creating a contradiction which increasingly defines the campus as a space to be distrusted.

Bio:
Dr. Matthew Ussia is an Instructor of Writing in the Department of English and Theater Arts here at Duquesne. He is currently preparing the manuscript for his first monograph, which this presentation will be from. He is also currently co-editing a collection called Punkademia: Spaces and Access which explores issues of inclusion and agency in punk rock and academia. His writings have most often been called relentlessly bleak and frustratingly glib.

11/16/2017

Dr. Daniel Burston's talk on 11/16/2017

Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: Dust and Fog, Fire and Salt: Karl Stern's Emigré Experience
Presenter: Dr. Daniel Burston, Department of Psychology, Duquesne University

Abstract:
Karl Stern (1906-1975), a German-Jewish psychiatrist, fled Nazi Germany for London in 1935. He moved to Montréal in 1939, where he converted to Catholicism in 1943. This paper explores salient passages from his memoir, The Pillar of Fire (1951), his novel, Through Dooms of Love (1960) and In and Out (1989), a "confessional poem" by Daryl Hine, to illustrate and contextualize the feelings of powerlessness, isolation and anonymity Stern experienced after his forced migration from Germany; feelings that were complicated (on arrival in Canada) by severe ethnic antagonisms between Jews and Catholics that existed at that time. It also explores Stern's attitude toward various strategies of adaptation adopted by fellow emigres, and Daryl Hine's disparaging attitude towards Stern's identification with his European heritage and his Catholic faith.

Bio:
Daniel Burston is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department, and author of numerous books and journal articles in the history of the behavioral sciences, including "A Forgotten Freudian: The Passion of Karl Stern" (Karnac: London, 2016.)