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Dyson Seminars: Spring 2020 (NYC)

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From the social construction of New York to Spain’s “Pact of Silence” to the identity of Canadian Kashubs, Dyson is inviting expert speakers to deliver seminars that will expand your cultural awareness in humanities and the social sciences.

Fear City Cinema and the Social Construction of New York: 1965–1995
Monday, February 24 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Civic W626
Led by Professor Roger Salerno, PhD, the founding chair of the Sociology/Anthropology Department, this seminar focuses on a time when cities were regularly portrayed in the news media as cauldrons of deviance, violence, sadism, disease, and greed. However, this study examines how such images resonated with and intensified existing anti-urban sentiment in the US, and promoted distorted views of cities which shifted public policy and resources from a focus on ending poverty to an emphasis of locking people up.

Autobiography, Memory, and Identity in the Generation of the Pact of Silence in Spain
Monday, March 9 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, Civic E317
Professor Andrés Villagrá, PhD, will present on the members of the so-called “Generation of the Pact of Oblivion” or “Generation of the Political Amnesty.” These authors confronted stories of the post-memory or selective memories deep-rooted by hegemonic discourses anchored in “historical amnesia” or a “Pact of Silence.” This is particularly relevant since Spanish democracy inherited Francoist political, economic and historical narratives that persist today. This study will address issues of history and memory through contemporary Spanish autobiographical modes of representation.

Migration and Identity Change: The Case of Canadian Kashubs
Monday, April 13 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | One Pace Plaza, E327
In Ontario (Barry’s Bay and adjacent areas), one finds a few settlements of Kashubs, Slavs of West Slavic origin. They are descendants of the migrants from Prussia who settled in Canada in the mid-19th century. Most of the Kashubs in Canada today maintain their national and linguistic identity inherited from their ancestors. However, after the fall of the communist regime in Poland, there have appeared a number of Kashubs who have been framing and promoting their identity in a new context. Co-sponsored by the Global Asia Institute, this seminar will be led by Hokkaido University Professor Motoki Nomachi, PhD.

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