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HASS Colloquium to feature the arts

The next Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Colloquium event, which includes presentations by Dr. Samantha Kavky, Associate Professor of Art History, and Marilyn Fox, Director of the Freyberger Gallery, will be held on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. in room 104, Franco Building. This event is open to the campus community and light refreshments will be served.

Kavky will present her work on the Dada/Surrealist artist Max Ernst. The focus will be on a series of collages Ernst produced after the first World War in which he identifies as a male hysteric, as both a therapeutic and subversive response to his experiences as a soldier.

Fox will discuss an upcoming exhibition that will explore both the art and the history of Blue Marsh. The exhibit deals with the homes and farms in and around Bernville, Mt. Pleasant, and other villages that were taken by Philadelphia District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create the Blue Marsh Dam and Recreation Area. While homes and farms were being condemned, bought, or abandoned, artists and photographers documented the area. Families were displaced in the name of flood control, and the recreational area–now lauded–was, in fact, always considered a recreation area by the residents who lived there.

The next HASS Colloquium event will be held on March 22, 2013.

The HASS Colloquium Series features informal presentations that serve as opportunities for HASS faculty to share their completed or in-progress research. Faculty will discuss their research in an approximately 15-minute presentation that welcomes dialogue, discussion, and questions. For more information on the HASS Colloquium Series, contact Dr. Holly Ryan, assistant professor of English and Coordinator of the Writing Center, at HLR14@psu.edu.

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