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2000-2001 Bentley College English Department Colloquium Series

November 7, 2000

November 9 (Thursday)

5:00-6:15 p.m., Smith Center, Room 200

Bob Sprich, professor of English, will speak on "Cutting Through the Grass: A New Look at Frost's 'The Road Not Taken'"

About this Colloquium: Although this work is one of Americans' "best loved" poems, it is widely misinterpreted. I'd like to examine this misinterpretation and look at other aspects of this finely-crafted poem which have previously received little attention.


December 5 (Tuesday)

5:00-6:15 pm, Smith Center, Room 200

Edward Zlotkowski, professor of English, will speak on "Mapping New Terrain"

About this Colloquium: This session explores the changes taking place in higher education, especially with regard to research on teaching and learning, and their connection to community-based projects.


January 30 (Tuesday)

5:00-6:15 pm, Bowles Room in the Baker Library

Mary Marcel, Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate College, will speak on "Freud and Oedipus's Father"

About this Colloquium: While many recent attacks on Freud have focused on applying scientific criteria to his work, or on how he abandoned the "seduction theory," few people outside classics have assessed Freud's reading of the Oedipus Rex. This paper examines problems in Freud's uptake of Sophocles' text. It also considers the implications for the Oedipus complex of mythic and dramatic materials regarding Laius, Oedipus's father, and his life prior to the birth of Oedipus.



February 20 (Tuesday)

5:00-6:15 pm, Bowles Room in the Baker Library

Ruth Spack, associate professor of English, will speak on "The Ownership of English and American Indian Education: Zitkala-Sa?s Letters to Montezuma, 1901-1902"

About this Colloquium: Zitkala-Sa left Dakota Territory in 1884 to become a student in an English-only, off-reservation boarding school designed to educate Native American students. By the end of the century she was using English to criticize the very system that had imposed the language on the Native population. This paper examines Zitkala-Sa?s letters to her fiancé, which provide insight into her journey from creative writer to political activist.


March 21 (Wednesday)

12:45 -2:00 pm, Bowles Room in the Baker Library (note earlier time)

Simon Moore, associate professor of English, will speak on "Truth Strategies in the Age of Crisis"


About this Colloquium: The paper will discuss the idea that truth-telling is a guide to authenticity during corporate crises. It will explore approaches to truth telling, deceit and sincerity under pressure and examine applied strategies of truth-telling shared by troubled corporations and their critics.


April 19 (Thursday)

5:00-6:15 pm, Bowles Room in the Baker Library

Saul Carliner, assistant professor of English, will speak on "Lessons for Knowledge Management and Web Design from Museum Exhibit Design"

About this Colloquium: Over the past 200 years, exhibit designers have learned how to transform inventories of information into entertaining, usable, interactive experiences for broad audiences. This colloquium explores the potential transfer of proven models and techniques from the field of exhibit design to the newer fields of knowledge management and web design. The content is based on an observational study of museum exhibit designers, and ongoing study of museum exhibits.

Programs are free. For information on the

Colloguium Series, contact Saul Carliner at 781-891-2718.

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