While the experience of uncertainty is common in the modern world, the first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed events that have contributed to a growing sense of crisis. To explore some of these crises this one-day interdisciplinary conference for graduate and undergraduate students will be held at the University of Kansas on Saturday, April 3. It features presentations on the following topics:
• Barack Obama: Messiah or Antichrist?
• The Virginia Tech Crisis
• Frayed Borders: Illegal Aliens and Invasion Fictions
• McDonalds and the Obesity Epidemic
• Identity Crises: Holocaust Survivors and Palestinians in Israel
• Natural Catastrophes: Prairies in Peril and Mississippi Floods
Our keynote speaker is Dr Tom Lutz, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside. Known for his interdisciplinary work, Professor Lutz has written numerous books, including "American Nervousness 1903: An Anecdotal History" (1991); "Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears" (2001); and, most recently, "Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America" (2006).
This conference is free and open to the public, though for planning purposes we ask that attendees please register by March 22 at the latest.
Dr Christopher E. Forth
Humanities & Western Civilization Program
308 Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
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