GSS Film Series: On the Road

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Contact person: Rhiannon Graybill

Monday, Nov. 5, 6 PM: On the Road

On the Road (길위에서, AKA "Bhikkuni - Buddhist Nuns") is the first documentary set in the fascinating, veiled, and strictly prohibited Baekhong Temple -- a women only Buddhist monastery in the pristine mountains of South Korea.  The nuns at Baekhong Temple practice their ascetic traditions in sheer isolation from the outside world, and open its doors to the public for only two days each year. This introspective, visually striking exposé of female spirituality in contemporary Korea offers a unique glimpse into the secluded lives of four women of various ages.

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Communities in Conversation: Claire Colebrook, 200th anniversary celebration of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Contact person: Jacqueline Baker

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, but it also marks nearly two decades since the concept of the Anthropocene was proposed as a new strata—marking a threshold, where humans as a species have altered the earth at a geological level.  Frankenstein might seem to be the anti-Promethean manifesto for our time, warning us against playing God, asking us to be more mindful of the moral presence of nature.  There is, however, a hyper-Promethean way in which we might read Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Rather, than take on Victor Frankenstein’s moral anguish that he was guilty of over-reaching, perhaps we should look at the world from the point of view of the orphaned creature, whose only thought of life is not survival, procreation, and longevity: not living on, but living with nature.

A reception will precede the lecture at 5:30 p.m.