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Distinguished Visiting Scholars in the Humanities

2018-2019 7th Annual Distinguished Lecture Series

Click on each of the names to find out more information about each scholar.

Part of the "Dialogues: Region and Nation" Mini-Series

Elizabeth CatteElizabeth Catte
Historian and writer
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time: 4:00 P.M.
Lindsay Young Auditorium – UT Hodges Library

Title:  “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia”

Elizabeth Catte, author of the book What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, takes a critical look at popular current portrayals of Appalachia, one of the country’s most controversial regions. Catte will discuss the genealogy of “Appalachian interpreters” and how region's realities complicate many of our most enduring stereotypes.

Elizabeth Catte is a historian and writer based in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. She has written for The Guardian, The Nation, Boston Review, Salon, LitHub, and is a regular contributor to Belt Magazine. Catte has a PhD in public history and is the co-director of Passel, an applied history consulting company, and an editor-at-large for West Virginia University Press.

There will be a book signing following the lecture.

David M. LubinDr. David M. Lubin
Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art
Wake Forest University

Monday, October 1, 2018
Time:  3:30 P.M.
Lindsay Young Auditorium – UT Hodges Library

Title:  “Behind the Mask: WWI, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution”

During the Great War, trenches exposed combatants’ faces to sniper fire and flying shrapnel. In previous wars, such wounds would have proven fatal. Now, with improved medical and transport services, the wounded could be saved--but not always their faces as well. This lecture examines the humanitarian efforts of plastic surgeons to restore obliterated faces and sculptors to fashion prosthetic masks, while also considering postwar avant-garde modernism and the modern beauty culture, both of which evidence a visceral reaction to wartime unsightliness.

David Lubin has written extensively on American art and popular culture. His most recent book is Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War (Oxford UP, 2016). Along with two co-curators, he organized the acclaimed art exhibition World War I and American Art. In 2016-17, Professor Lubin was the inaugural Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at Oxford University. 

There will be a book signing following the lecture.

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