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Dr. Cathy Gutierrez to Speak on The Deviant and The Dead Tonight

Nineteenth-century Spiritualists assured the grieving that their loved ones were thriving in the afterlife. Spiritualists threw open the pearly gates to all humanity, admitting even criminals into heaven. At the same moment, the science of criminology was born, fathered by committed Spiritualist Cesare Lombroso. Investigations into deviance both here and in the hereafter required new techniques for detecting the deviant hiding in plain sight, inaugurating new thinking about human futures.

2015-07-14 14.37.55 (2)-2Join us tonight, Monday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. in Le Moyne’s Panasci Family Chapel as Dr. Cathy Gutierrez discusses the implications of these new techniques in a lecture entitled The Deviant and the Dead: Incarnations of Crime.’’

This lecture is part of the McDevitt Center lecture series on the Future of Being Human and is being offered in conjunction with a class of the same name that examines the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century from a multi-disciplinary lens.

Dr. Cathy Gutierrez received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s and doctorate in religion from Syracuse University. She was a professor of Religion at Sweet Briar College for 18 years. The author of Plato’s Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2009), she is the editor of several collections, most recently the Brill Handbook of Spiritualism and Channeling (2015).

This lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu or (315) 445-6200.

The Future of Being Human Fall Event Schedule

This fall, Dr. Jennifer Glancy, McDevitt-Core Professor, and the McDevitt Center will continue the lecture series entitled “The Future of Being Human.”  This series is being offered in conjunction with a class of the same name that examines the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century from a multi-disciplinary lens.

According to Glancy, “the experience of being human is haunted by specters of other metamorphoses, mutant, alienating, and dehumanizing.” The events this fall will examine a different side of the future of being human by exploring issues relating to immortality, meaning, and spirituality.

Schedule of events for Fall 2015:

photo-7-1A Monstrous Connection: The “Demented” and the Undead
Presenter: Susan Behuniak, Ph.D.
5:30 p.m., Monday, September 21

The very human yearning for immortality helps explain pop culture’s obsession with vampires and zombies. Such fantasies allow us to grapple – from a safe distance – with pressing questions of mortality, meaning, and personhood. But casual references to the undead can also harm. This talk focuses on one such instance: the implications of applying the zombie trope to people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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A Reading and Book Signing by George Saunders
Presenter: George Saunders
5:30 p.m., Monday, October 19

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The Deviant and the Undead: Incarnations of Crime
Presenter: Cathy Gutierrez, Ph.D.
5:30 p.m., November 9

Nineteenth-century Spiritualists assured the grieving that their loved ones were thriving in the afterlife. Spiritualists threw open the pearly gates to all humanity, admitting even criminals into heaven. At the same moment, the science of criminology was born, fathered by committed Spiritualist Cesare Lombroso. Investigations into deviance both here and in the hereafter required new techniques for detecting the deviant hiding in plain sight, inaugurating new thinking about human futures.
All events will be held in the Panasci Family Chapel located on the Le Moyne College campus. All events are also free and open to the public.

For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu.