ElmsSafe Update: Spring 2021 Semester Plans

“Redrawing the Boundaries”: Recent Work by Humanities Faculty

Join us for a virtual panel presentation highlighting recent scholarly work being done by humanities faculty at Elms. Register for the event using the form below. A Zoom link will be shared with participants prior to the event.

Michael McGravey, Ph.D.

I’m Sorry, You Teach What?: A Discussion of Theology at Our Colleges and Universities.

“What do you teach?” is the question guiding this essay, an attempt to examine the role of theological education and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at small liberal arts colleges. Focusing on the changing demographics of our young women and men, this essay presents the positive contributions of theology as an interdisciplinary subject.

Jasmine Hall, Ph.D.

“Living in a Material World”: Frankenstein and New Materialism.

Dr. Hall will present her paper, “’Living in a Material World’: Frankenstein and New Materialism.” Her reading of Frankenstein introduces concepts from new materialism and challenges older concepts based in dualism. A new ethical understanding of the message of the text emerges from this reading —one that rethinks the prohibitions against “playing God” and relies instead on an ethics of care.

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Peter A. DePergola II, Ph.D., MTS

What Has Humanities to Do with Medicine?

Dr. DePergola will discuss the distinction between the aims of medical science (measurement) and the aims of the humanities (meaning) and make the argument that attending to measurement without simultaneously attending to meaning is to violate the Hippocratic maxim at the heart of cura personalis.

The panel will be moderated by Tom Cerasulo, Ph.D., Chair of the Humanities & Fine Arts Division and Professor of English. The event is free and open to the public.

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