Works in the Works:
Internet Metaphors and Arabic Translation by Khalid Lachheb

Works in the Works - Internet Metaphors and Arabic Translation

In this talk Khalid Lachheb draws on cognitive semantic studies to explore the cognitive dimension of metaphor and the metaphoric structure of internet terminology. This presentation also sketches recent terminological studies that analyze the role of metaphor in scientific communication. Dr. Lachheb will suggest strategies and guidelines to translate metaphorical internet terms from English to Arabic, taking into consideration pioneering work on metaphor in general language.

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Works in the Works: The Phonologist’s Craft—and Obligation

A talk by Ann Delilkan

After determining the number of meaning-creating sounds (also known as ‘phonemes’) in a language, generative phonologists aim to formulate the abstract rules understood by native speakers that govern how those sounds combine to generate words. In this presentation, I describe a set of such rules and outline the empirical testing that must follow their formulation, for them to have both scientific validity and real world value.

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Works in the Works: Straight Acting:
The Changing Image of Queer-Masculinity in Media Representation

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A Talk by Dr. Zheng Zhu

This talk investigates the mainstream media’s discursive construction of Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas, with a specific focus on the construction of his masculinity as an out gay celebrity. Existing critical scholarship has discussed media representations of gay figures, but has not examined how unconventional queer representation interacts with normative gender performance. The findings call attention to the emergence of macho gay characterization that supports the hegemony of heterosexual normativity. The stigmatization of gayness as the deviated Other is rationalized through delegitimizing its position in the public sphere, marginalizing non-masculine gay characters, and erasing the larger socio-political conditions that oppress closeted gay athletes.

Faculty, Students, and Staff are invited. Refreshments served.

Humanities Department presents
Works in the Works: Truth in Health and Safety Messages

Truth in Health and Safety Messages

Communication campaigns are important parts of public health interventions, raising awareness about health and safety. More than just transmitting facts, health and safety campaigns usually ask audiences to do things: See a doctor, quit smoking, wear safety gear, etc. Using examples from posters and science museum exhibits, I show how facts warrant behavior change recommendations. Since truth-claims often appear within this prescriptive sequence, what are the implications for our so-called “post-truth” era?

Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments served.

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Humanities Department presents Works in the Works:
A Talk by Sarah Standing

350.org as Localized Trans-Global Performance

On a single “Day of Climate Action” in 2009, 350.org created over 5,000 eco-actions in 180 countries around the world. The next year, they initiated the “Planet-Scale Art Project.” In this talk, Professor Standing investigates the implications of 350’s trans-global activism as art and performance.

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Works in the Works: Cathy Santore

Delight in Disorder

“A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness;…
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.”

Sixteenth-century Venetian painters catered to the niche market for pictures of “disheveled” women, a new genre of portraiture—half-length, close-up, pictures of women with hair and clothing in slight disarray. Pin-ups, really, for a gentleman’s delectation. Dr. Santore will discuss this new genre of painting and its progeny.

Works in the Works: Beyond Broadcasting presented by Professor Robert Redding

Veteran broadcaster for over 20 years, Professor Robert Redding has been heard in all 50 states. This best-selling music artist and author of seven best-selling books has now brought his innovative art to the largest art market in the world. Our newest adjunct explains how and why he keeps looking beyond broadcasting.

Faculty, Staff, and Students are welcome.

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Pinkie and The Blue Boy: Material Culture and Immigrant Identity

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In June Cleaver’s home, reproductions of Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (1770) and Sir Thomas Lawrence’s Pinkie (1794) hang in the foyer. For television viewers who tuned in to watch their favorite postwar family sitcom, “Leave it to Beaver,” the paintings represented traditional gender roles and a new type of domestic affluence and consumerism for middle-class Americans. The same reproductions hung in Paolina Belluccia’s Florida room. For family viewers and visitors, the paintings conjured up a range of emotions surrounding the politics of Italian identity and American domestic values. In this lecture, Dr. Scannell explores the peculiar presence and placement of these middle-class adornments in a contemporary immigrant’s home.

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Music by Harris, Lyrics by Shakespeare

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Matthew Harris’s award-winning Shakespeare Songs, Books I-VI is performed by choruses worldwide. Come hear him play selections and discuss the texts. Professor Harris’s contrarian approach to Shakespeare’s texts sometimes involves turning them into folk or even quasi-pop songs. Professor Harris will end with a preview of his work-in-the-works, Book VII, which premieres this spring.

Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works – Prof. Zhijian Qian presents Is There a Chinese Type of Abstraction?

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Professor Zhijian Qian writes:

In the recent worldwide resurgence of abstract art, Chinese artists are making their unique contribution with works inspired by the tradition of Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. Their exploration of new possibilities of abstraction is part of a global endeavor to revive and redefine abstract art. This presentation discusses the achievements of a group of contemporary Chinese artists who investigate such approaches as Calligraphic and Linear Abstraction, Gestural and Performative Abstraction, Textural Abstraction, Conceptual Abstraction, and Lyrical Abstraction.

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