Art of Memory series covers international issues and abuse

Art of Memory series continues at Lewis University throughout the month of March

Published: February 26, 2010.

To continue with its Art of Memory series, Lewis University will host several events during the month of March. Unless otherwise noted, these events will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in Room AS-158 (A-133) on the University’s main campus in Romeoville.

On March 11, “Armenia in Turkish Collective Memory” and “View from Left and Right in Guatemala” historians will once again examine the phenomenon of divided memory. This lecture will explore whether or not it is possible to reconcile two conflicting stories about the same event.

On March 18, Dr. Michael Cunningham, Dr. Nancy Workman and Dr. Wallace Ross of Lewis University’s English department will discuss consciousness, one important dimension of memory, through literary works. One of the features of high literary modernism is the writer’s attention to the inner life of characters. Three writers in particular – Joyce, Woolf, and Faulkner – were especially devoted to rendering faithfully the nature of consciousness. In this panel presentation, Dr. Wallace Ross, assistant professor of English, will examine Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and other Joyce fiction, Dr. Nancy Workman, professor of English, will look at Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Dr. Michael Cunningham, Director of Arts and Ideas, will reveal Faulkner’s methods in The Sound and the Fury.

A 1959 film, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” will be shown at 5 p.m. on March 18. While in Hiroshima, a woman creating a film about peace has an affair with a Japanese man while remembering an affair during World War II.

Interim Associate Dean in the Department of Arts and Ideas at Lewis University, Dr. Clare Lawlor will deliver a presentation entitled “A Psychological Perspective on the Experience and Meaning of Memory in a Case of Childhood Abuse” on March 25. This presentation will discuss a psychological and phenomenological perspective on the meaning of memory in the life of a child who has experienced life-threatening abuse. The use of artistic representation in the treatment of children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be discussed. Art representations of the child’s experience will provide examples of the phenomenological and psychological meanings and perspective of the therapeutic experiences of both the client and clinician.

The Art of Memory series is presented by the Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest, which supports a biannual symposium. It is also a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. These events are free of charge and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Ewa Bacon at (815) 836-5568.

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