Brock Talks: connecting Brock faculty with the local community

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

Photo Credit: Zoe Archambault

Brock assistant professor Dr. Adam Rappold seeks to explore how democracies can educate citizens to make difficult decisions in the first of three fall public lectures offered through the Faculty of Humanities ‘Brock Talks’ series.

Brock Talks will return to the St. Catharines Public Library on Wednesday, September 25. The free series has been connecting scholars in Brock’s Faculty of Humanities with the local community annually since 2012.

The first talk of this year’s series, “Ancient Drama and the Modern Citizen” will be facilitated by Dr. Adam Rappold from the Department of Classics within the Faculty of Humanities. Rappold’s work involves analyzing ancient thought processes and the performance and reception of Greek drama. He teaches courses on mythology, Greek tragedy and on the reception of the classical world in art, film, popular culture and literature.

Rappold will be examining a variety of commonly known Greek tragedies and plays such as Medea, Eumenides, Oedipus Rex and Antigone to explore the issues of democracy. Greek tragedies presented their ancient audiences with both morally repellent and righteous arguments in a theatrical and unassuming way that allowed the audience to make a personal choice between them without indicating which decision was right or wrong. Rappold believes that this focus on ambiguity, choice and education further demonstrates the relevance of Tragedy to contemporary society and government.

The next lecture in the series will be facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak, associate professor in the Department of History on Thursday, October 10. This presentation will examine the legacy of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918-1939) in pop culture and throughout history. This installment is entitled “From Cabaret to Babylon Berlin: The Weimar Republic in History and Popular Culture”.

The series will conclude on Thursday, November 14 with a lecture from Dr. Katharine T. von Stackelberg, associate professor in the Department of Classics. In her presentation, “How to Eat a Flamingo: What Ancient Rome Can Teach Us About Our Relationship with Food” — Stackelberg will use recipes from a second century cookbook to explore the social, cultural and economic determinants of taste and examine modern relations with food during the holiday season.

In addition to Brock Talks, the faculty also plays host to a large number of workshops throughout the school year, both on and off campus.

Another upcoming series from the faculty’s Department of History is called “History and Historical Thinking across Disciplines”. This series, like Brock Talks, will have faculty members from across the university explore the ways in which they engage with historical research in their own line of work. Students can find more information about the series on the faculty’s social media pages.

The Faculty of Humanities includes students, staff and faculty in eight departments and four centres, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the Rodman Hall Art Centre. Most of the events and workshops out of the faculty are open to all members of the Brock community and can be found on ExperienceBU weekly.

 Interested students are encouraged to attend lecture series and workshops to potentially learn skills that may be applicable in both academics and other aspects of life. In addition to ExperienceBU, students can engage with the faculty via social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) @brockhumanities.


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