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Wofford College to host Postmodernism Conference

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – Wofford College will host “The Simpsons, Hip Hop, and Beyond: Wofford’s Conference on Postmodernism” March 1 through 12, with a variety of events, speakers and performances.

Wofford faculty members along with faculty from Ohio State University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Texas Austin and DePaul University will be involved in talks, discussions and presentations.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Here is the schedule:

Monday, March 1
4 p.m. – “From Homer to Homer Simpson: An Introduction to Postmodernism.” A discussion with Wofford College faculty: David Rodrick, fine arts (moderator); Christine Dinkins, philosophy; Jim Neighbors, English; Clayton Whisnant, history; Steven Zides, physics. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

9 p.m. – Film: “Memento” (Christopher Nolan, 2000). Film to be discussed in the program on Tuesday, March 2. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Tuesday, March 2
4 p.m. – “Postmodernism in Architecture,” Peter Schmunk, fine arts, and “Postmodernism in Film,” David Rodrick, fine arts. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Wednesday, March 3
7:30 p.m. – “The Latest Crisis of Enlightenment Ideals: Postmodernism in the Visual Arts,” Bradford Collins, art history, University of South Carolina. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Thursday, March 4
11 a.m. – Keynote address. “What was Postmodernism? Or, The Last of the Angels,” Brian McHale, English, Ohio State University. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Noon – Lunch and discussion with Brian McHale. AAAS Lounge, Burwell Building. (Buy lunch in the Faculty Dining Room, $5.)

4 p.m. – Response to Brian McHale’s talk, followed by discussion. Respondent: Jim Neighbors, English. Papadopoulos Building.

Monday, March 8
4 p.m. – “Postmodernism(s) Across the Disciplines.” A discussion with Wofford faculty: Charles Kay, philosophy (moderator); William DeMars, government; Christine Dinkins, philosophy; Byron McCane, religion; Clayton Whisnant, history; Steven Zides, physics. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Tuesday, March 9
11 a.m. – “But Is It Music? Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodern Popular Culture.” Bill Bush, American studies, University of Texas, Austin. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Noon – Lunch and discussion with Bill Bush. AAAS Lounge, Burwell Building. (Buy lunch in Faculty Dining Room, $5.)

4 p.m. – “Techno: Music, Machines and Man.” Tee Parham, techno composer and DJ. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Wednesday, March 10
Noon – “The Postmodern Picture Book.” Lunch presentation and discussion with Natalie Grinnell, English. Holcombe Room, Burwell Building. (Buy lunch in the Faculty Dining Room, $5.)

8 p.m. – Wofford Theatre Workshop Production of Mac Wellman’s “A Murder of Crows,” followed by discussion led by Mark Ferguson, director. Tony White Theatre, Campus Life Building. Reservations recommended, 597-4080. Tickets to the production, $8 for adults/$5 children/students free with ID.

Thursday, March 11
11 a.m. – Keynote address: “Autonomy, Auto-Immunity and the Stretch Limo: From Derrida’s Rogue State to DeLillo’s ‘Cosmopolis.’” Michael Naas, philosophy, DePaul University. McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building.

Noon – Lunch and informal discussion with Michael Naas. AAAS Lounge, Burwell Building. (Buy lunch in the Faculty Dining Room, $5.)

4 p.m. – “Post-Postmodernism: Where Do We Go From Here?” Panel discussion with Michael Naas. Moderator, Stephen Michelman, philosophy. Papadopoulos Building.

Friday, March 12
8 p.m. – “Karl Zeiss: ‘Electric Audio for the New Proletariat.’” Performance by Tee Parham, techno composer, DJ and visual artist. Location to be announced.

For information about Wofford’s Conference on Postmodernism, contact Dr. Vivian Fisher, professor and chair, English department, at 597-4565 or at fishervb@wofford.edu.