Other Humanities Events of Interest 2014-2015


Frankie Flood Artist's Lecture

Artist and EIU alumnus Frankie Flood will talk about his art and his fabrication processes, which include computer-based automation. The talk is presented in conjunction with Flood's solo exhibition, "Machines that Make," on view in the Tarble Arts Center's eGallery through December 18. This is an EIU College of Arts and Humanities New and Emerging Artists Program presented by the Tarble Arts Center and the Art Department. 

Free admission
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:30pm
Tarble Arts Center

James Jones Lecture with Speaker Dan McMillan

Dan McMillan is the author of How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust (2014). He holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law. He has published scholarly work in both history and law, and has worked as a prosecuting attorney and a history professor.

How Could This Happen is McMillan's first book and is the result of nearly four decades of engagement with German history and the Holocaust. Reading Simon Wiesenthal's The Murderers Among Us as a teenager, McMillan felt compelled to understand how something so horrific could have been possible.

His quest for an explanation has shaped the course of McMillan's life ever since: he became fluent in the German language, studied History and German at Stanford, spent his junior year at the Freie Universität in what was then West Berlin, earned a Ph.D. in German history at Columbia, taught at universities in New York, New Jersey, and Illinois, read everything he could on the Holocaust, constantly refined his understanding of its causes, and searched relentlessly for ways to explain these causes clearly and concisely.

Across this long search for answers, McMillan found countless specialized studies that addressed this or that cause of the Holocaust in isolation from the others - books on anti-Semitism, or racism, or World War I, or psychological factors, and so on. Yet there was no book that put all of these pieces of the puzzle together in an overarching explanation. In How Could This Happen, McMillan aims to fill this need by providing a coherent analysis of the many causes of the Holocaust.

Free admission
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:00pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall


Joseph Carroll, "The Historical Position of Literary Darwinism"

How might an understanding of geology, biology, or social science help one analyze famous works of literature like King Lear or Pride and Prejudice? Dr. Carroll, a founder of literary Darwinism, provides an historical overview of what this movement is and explains his interdisciplinary approach to reading literature.

Joseph Carroll is a founding figure in evolutionary literary study. His book Evolution and Literary Theory, published in 1995, was the first book-length work in the field. His 2004 collection of essays, Literary Darwinism, gave the field its name by which it is most commonly known. Literary Darwinists are animated by a conviction that the human species has evolved in adaptive relation to the physical world, that human bodies and brains contain complex adaptive structures, and that the products of the literary imagination are shaped by biologically grounded motives, passions, and forms of cognition. Carroll's more recent publications include a second collection of essays, Reading Human Nature (2011) and a collaborative empirical study, Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning (2012).

This event is made possible through the generosity of the Jack and Margaret Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction.

Free Admission
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall


Eastern Symphony Orchestra and Choirs Holiday Concert

The Eastern Symphony Orchestra and Choirs present a concert of holiday music featuring A Carol Symphony by Victor Hely-Hutchinson, and The Many Moods of Christmas Suite IV, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett and Robert Shaw.

Admission: $12
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center Dvorak Concert Hall