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MLA Lecture Series

This year's theme will explore the nature, meaning, and power of memory.

The 2019 MLA Lecture Series recordings can be found on our YouTube Channel.

Memory is recognized as the key to our past, but it is also fundamental to who we are in the present, both individually and collectively. Join us this February as we delve into the nature, meaning, and power of memory.

Free and open to the public, the series is sponsored by University College, the professional and continuing education division in Arts & Sciences. 

2019 Topics and faculty speakers:

February 2
McMillan Hall, room G052

Living without Memory 
Carl Craver, PhD, Professor, Philosophy and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology

February 9
McMillan Hall, room G052

Memory and Image: In the Present We Were
Lisa Bulawsky, MFA, Professor, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

February 16
McMillan Hall, room G052

Historical Trauma and Memory: The Impact of Native American Boarding Schools on Contemporary Higher Education
David Patterson Silver Wolf, PhD, Associate Professor, Brown School 

February 23
McMillan Hall, room G052

How Memory Creates Traditions
Pascal Boyer, PhD, Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and Psychology, Henry Luce Professor of Collective and Individual Memory 

Directions & Parking

Free parking is available in the Millbrook Garage in yellow spaces on the Danforth campus without a permit on the weekends. which is just north of McMillan Hall on Throop Drive. Accessible entrances are available on the north entrance from Throop Drive and the south entrance from inner campus.

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Additional Resources

  • Master of Liberal Arts Degree

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  • 2016 MLA Lecture Series Recordings

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  • 2015 MLA Lecture Series Recordings

    The 2015 Series, entitled “From Athens to Ferguson,” addresses broad questions about justice and community.