2018 Dorothy Black Lecture

The Visiting Speaker Series 2017-2018 is happy to announce the annual Dorothy Black Lecture for First Years. This year we welcome Andrew Parker whose lecture, “Digital Inhumanities: Taking the Measure of Metrics,” will address the future of the university and the value of the humanities in the new university. This topic is related to his Mellon supported inter-university research project with UNAM in Mexico City entitled, “The University and its Publics”. Students from all disciplines and levels welcome.

27 March 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Fairmont Social Lounge at St. John’s College

First Years and undergraduates are encouraged to attend. 

Andrew Parker is Professor of French and Chair of Comparative Literature at Rutgers-New Brunswick.  From 1982-2012 he taught English at Amherst College.  He is the author mostly recently of The Theorist’s Mother (Duke), which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical male theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida.  The translator and editor of Jacques Ranciere’s The Philosopher and His Poor (Duke), he was coeditor with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick of Performativity and Performance (Routledge), with Janet Halley of After Sex? (Duke), and of three other essay collections.  In progress is a book on Marx and the figure of theater, and an online, collaborative, multilingual edition of Julio Cortzar’s novel Rayuela/Hopscotch.

Committed to education throughout her life, Dorothy Black earned her BA from UBC in 1952 and taught in Burnaby schools for over 40 years.  A bequest from Ms. Black established the Dorothy L. Black First Year English Speakers’ Series Endowment after her passing.

This event is free and open to the public and we would like to acknowledge that it takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. Thank you to the Musqueam for hosting us.