Oct. 27, 1994
Vol. 14, No. 5

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    15th annual Humanities Open House

    The link between Jurassic Park and film violence, the current crisis in the former Yugoslavia and "How to Make $25,000 in Five Minutes" are among the more than 40 topics to be presented on campus at the 15th annual Humanities Open House on Saturday, Oct. 29.

    In the daylong extravaganza, members of the faculty and staff of the Humanities Division will present a wide variety of lectures, tours and performances.

    All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in Ida Noyes Hall and continue throughout the day. The open house will begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude with an informal reception for all participants at 4 p.m.

    Martin Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School, will present the keynote speech, titled "Multi-Multiculturalism in the Humanities," at 11 a.m. Marty is among the nation's leading authorities on religious problems, practices and doctrines. He recently directed the Fundamentalism Project, a study of religious fundamentalism in the world's major religious traditions.

    A detailed program with a brief description of all events will be available at registration. For more information, call 702-8469. The day's events will include:

    Film & Drama

    _ "How to See Your Dinosaur and Not Get Eaten, Too: Cinema and Violence From Spielberg to Benjamin," presented by Miriam Hansen, Professor in English Language & Literature and Director of the Film Studies Center.

    _ A backstage look at Court Theatre's production of Once in a Lifetime, followed by a question-and-answer session with director Charles Newell and cast.

    _ A behind-the-scenes peek at open rehearsals for University Theater's The Tempest and Of Mice and Men.


    _ How equal did the founding fathers really think all humans were? A comparison of early drafts of the Declaration of Independence with the final version, presented by Laura Rigal, Assistant Professor in English Language & Literature.

    _ A presentation on the Wild West shows from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, by Janice Knight, Associate Professor in English Language & Literature.

    Language & Linguistics

    _ An analysis of the Yugoslav political crisis from a linguist's point of view, presented by Victor Friedman, Professor in Slavic Languages & Literatures.

    _ The popular Humanities Open House lecture "How to Make $25,000 in Five Minutes," a presentation on successful writing.


    _ A reading by novelist and short-story writer Richard Stern, the Helen A. Regenstein Professor in English Language & Literature.

    _ A discussion of how Shakespeare's works have been adapted to film, presented by David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities.


    _ A performance of selections from Lassus, Palestrina, Grechaninov and Geoffray by members of the Motet Choir.

    _ A performance of computer-generated music by Howard Sandroff, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the Computer Music Studio.


    _ A discussion of the scientific counterrevolution -- an introduction to culture wars, 17th-century style -- led by Daniel Garber, Professor in Philosophy.

    _ What are the humanities? A discussion of Plato's Apology, led by Herman Sinaiko, Professor in the Humanities.


    _ An introduction to the Department of Special Collections' rare-book holdings, addressing the question "Does the Past Have a Future? Rare Books in an Electronic Age."

    _ A tour of the prints and drawings room in the Smart Museum, with a display of how an artistic print is made.