Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 16:09
Censorship in music, magical potions and insight into Colonial American political thought are just a few of the topics that will be discussed during the 11th annual Then and Now Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science.
Each year, the Then and Now Lecture series is dedicated to one individual. According to Department Head Dr. William Robison, this year’s dedication is someone who has made a unique contribution to Fanfare and the selection will be announced on Oct. 5.
Dr. David Benac, associate professor of history, will be the first presenter of the lecture series with his lecture titled, “Conflict in the Ozarks: Life in a Lumber Town” on Monday, Oct. 3 at the Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum in Madisonville at 7 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception for Benac’s book, “Conflict in the Ozarks.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. Edith Ambrose, instructor of history, will present her lecture titled, “Labor in Jim Crow new Orleans: Thar’s Reds in Them Thar Ba’Yous!”
Dr. Benjamin Price will present a lecture titled, “The Forty-Five and American Colonial Political thought,” Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.
Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, professor of history, will present a lecture Wednesday, Oct.19 titled “Religion and Terrorism.”
Gonzalez-Perez hopes that her lecture enlightens members of the Southeastern community about the connection of religion and terrorism.
“I think that audience members will learn more about how Islam and other religions are manipulated and misused by terrorists to justify acts that the religions actually condemn,” said Gonzalez Perez. “I think that learning about the building blocks of radicalism will help audience members to better understand both religion and the manipulative actions of terrorists, and understand that religion and terrorism are not necessarily connected.”
Dr. Joe Burns, professor of communication, will discuss the origin of the Parental Advisory: Explicit Content sticker on albums during his lecture, “Parental Guidance Suggested: Rock and the PRMC.” The lecture will take place on Wed., Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
The Then and Now Lecture Series will conclude with Robison’s “More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture.” Robison’s lecture, titled “The Evil Draught: Poisons, Potions, and Preparations in History” will take place on Mon., Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. during the lecture, attendees will be treated to both comedy and candy.
More information can be found on the 2011 Then and Now lecture series by visiting columbiatheatre.org or by contacting William Robison at 985-549-2109.