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Scholars Explore the Theme of “Dirt” Through Center for the Humanities Series

Scholars Explore the Theme of “Dirt” Through Center for the Humanities Series

During the Center for the Humanities Lecture Series, nine scholars explored the theme of “Dirt” throughout the fall 2020 semester. The theme explored the material ecologies and symbolic currencies of filth, waste, toxicity, and contamination alongside ideas of purity, hygiene, and cleanliness to address and reframe a range of contemporary environmental and cultural urgencies. Through…
8 Undergraduates Make Presentations at Arts and Humanities Symposium

8 Undergraduates Make Presentations at Arts and Humanities Symposium

Eight Wesleyan students presented papers during the inaugural CTW (Connecticut College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University) Undergraduate Symposium in the Arts and Humanities on Nov. 10. This symposium, hosted at Trinity, provided undergraduate students from the three partner institutions, as well as other institutions in the region, an opportunity to present their original scholarly work in…
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Apr 19

The Center for the Humanities Monday Night Lecture Series - Entering a Life: Mara Irene Forns and the Stuff of Making

06:00 pm


Katie Pearl Wesleyan University April 19th @ 6 P.M. Zoom Conference In 2006, due to progressing Alzheimers disease, visionary Cuban-American dramatist Mara Irene Forns was abruptly taken from her apartment in New York City by her family and moved to a series of care facilities. Forns's life was defined by the materials of her making. Yet when she left her West Village apartment, her belongings did not accompany her. How does our stuff come to define us when we are forgetting who we are? How do you represent the disappearance of words from a life packed with language? This presentation, from a collaborative book in progress, addresses these questions by screening digital ephemera left on the cutting room floor from the documentary about Forns called The Rest I Make Up (which Katie Pearl produced in 2018), as well as considering the photos, play drafts, and writing scraps director Michelle Memran was left holding after filming completed. In her play Abingdon Square , Forns wrote: You have to know how to enter another persons life. With this book, ephemera is the means of enteringand celebratingthe life Forns lived long after the public eye had moved on.

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