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Faculty Forum: Virginal Grandmothers and Nutty Professors

Of Virginal Grandmothers and Nutty Professors:
Social Satire in the Works of Rodolfo Santana and Juan Rivera Saavedra

Professor Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz

Friday, April 30
2:00-3:00 pm
University Union
Phoenix A
UW-Green Bay Campus

This work-in-progress lecture will discuss the major themes in two plays: Rock para una abuela virgen (1988) by the Venezuela playwright Rodolfo Santana and Los profesores (1958) by the Peruvian Juan Rivera Saavedra.  Both of these works have enjoyed an unexpected resurgence in popularity in the last few years: Santana’s social farce was recently adapted to the silver screen garnering rave reviews, while Rivera Saavedra’s previously banned absurdist commentary on Peruvian academia was finally staged in Lima three years ago.

Great Books Fall 2010

The Department of Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library invite you to participate in the spring semester’s Great Books Discussion series.  On the second Tuesday of each month, a member of UW-Green Bay’s Humanitistc Studies faculty will lead a discussion on one of the “great books” of western and world culture.  The schedule for the fall semester 2010 is…

September 14, TOPIC: NATURAL LAW/RELIGION, Leviathan, Hobbe Chapters 6, 12 and 14, Presented by Professor Derek Jeffreys

October 12, TOPIC: UTOPIANISM, Utopia, Thomas More, Presented by Professor Kevin Kain

November 9, TOPIC: LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY, Open Veins of Latin America Presented by Professor Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz

December 14, TOPIC: RUSSIAN DRAMA, The Cherry Orchard, Chekov Presented by Professor Heidi Sherman

The discussions are free and open to the public.  Faculty, students, and community members are encouraged to attend.  Of course, we encourage you to read the “great book” before attending the discussion, but even if you cannot finish the work, you may find the session enlightening.

The Great Books Discussion series is held on the Lower Level of the Brown County Library (Central Branch – 515 Pine St., Downtown Green Bay).  Discussions begin at 6:30 p.m.

See you there!