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Coffee Lectures

Fragile Freedom
Presenter: Christine Emmert
Tuesday, October 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fragile Freedom will be a personal look at how women obtained the vote and some of the epilogue which follows. The Suffragists and their story are not at an end. With new developments to Women and their rights, we look at monologues, poetry, prose and everything in between. The 19th Amendment has given women a promise of equality. What are they doing with this promise?

Dada and Surrealism
Presenter: Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, PhD ’70
Wednesday, October 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m in Rotwitt Theatre
In this lecture we will begin by learning about the “wild and crazy guys” (and some gals) of Dadaism, an anti-war and to a great extent anti-western civilization movement that began in 1915. At that time, at the Café Voltaire in Zurich, artists of several nationalities gathered to produce what they called “anti-art”: collages of cut-up magazine advertisements, sculptures made of junk, and impromptu theatrics. This was a nihilist movement intended to reduce all past western art to rubble, to nothing. A follow up movement, Surrealism, on the other hand, was founded with the intention of creating a substitute for that past art, which had been based since the Renaissance on “realism”, or imitation of nature. Surrealism, going above or beyond reality, was seen as the answer to Dada’s nihilism, while tapping into the newly-validated world of the subconscious. We will also look at some really fun art of the 50s and 60s that were strongly influenced by both Dada and Surrealism.

France in 1968: The 50th Anniversary of Events that Permanently Changed Social Life in France
Presenter: Thérèse Casadesus Rawson
Monday, October 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
This course will unpack how the events of 1968 radically changed the social fabric of France. This includes a brief summing up of the actual events, and the influence of US protest movements, with special focus on previous traditions being upturned and the “new” social discourse pervading all classes and relationships.