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Hermanns Lectures to focus on environmental issues

Friday, October 9, 2009

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington Hermanns Lecture Series, named in honor of a horticulture devotee, is going green. Rudolph Hermanns earned a horticulture degree in Germany before coming to America. He made his living selling flower seeds and lived in a modest apartment near the UT Arlington campus for 20 years, while amassing a large and valuable estate, which he left to the University.

Sponsored by the Department of English and titled "Greening English," the series opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, with a free screening of the film "The Last Winter" in Room 148, Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive. Thursday will be devoted to master classes and graduate student workshops, but Friday will feature five free public lectures by renowned scholars in the sixth floor parlor of The University of Texas at Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place.

Lectures are:

  • 9:00-10:00: "Vermin and Parasites: Shakespeare's Animal Architectures." Karen Raber, Professor of English, University of Mississippi
  • 10:00-11:00: "Embodied Time, Climatological Time, Sustainability"Robert Markley, Professor of English, University of Illinois
  • 11:00-12:00: "Extinctathon: Species Loss and Memory Practice."Ursula K. Heise, Professor of English, Stanford University
  • 2:00-3:00: "On Ice and the Cinema of Preservation." Jennifer Fay, Associate Professor of English, Michigan State University
  • 3:00-4:00: "The Public Life of Environmental Literature and Criticism"Cate Mortimer-Sandilands, York University, U.K. Her talk is a Mustaque Ahmed Festival of Ideas event, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

The series concludes with a roundtable discussion on "Environmental Conversations Across the Disciplines" from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building, 700 Planetarium Place. The guest lecturers will be joined by UT Arlington faculty members Jim Grover of biology, Jeff Howard of the School of Urban and Public Affairs and Chris Morris from history. Visit more information about the lectures.


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