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Humanities event included Halloween treats, a costume contest and scary stories to tell in the classroom.

Spooky speakers

October 31, 2019

As part of their Spooky Speaker Series on October 30, faculty members in the humanities conjured up some scary entities from their teaching and research materials to give students a fright — and food for thought.

Dr. Rob Falconer (history), Dr. Cristina Ruiz Serrano (Spanish) and Dr. Maria Kozakiewicz (classics) discussed how traditional Halloween themes and tropes manifest in the humanities. Their presentations included witches and diabolical plots in 16th- and 17th-century Scotland, ghosts and spirits in Hispanic popular literature, and oracles to the dead in ancient Greece.

“This was an excellent opportunity for students to learn a bit more about what we do in the humanities and what kinds of materials we study — and to hear some spooky stories,” says Dr. Marla Epp, assistant professor of French, Department of Humanities, who helped organize the event.

Marla explains that the event had another motive as well — to introduce students to others who share similar interests and to build a sense of community, all while snacking on some Halloween treats.

“The event models ways of engaging in the humanities outside of the classroom and shows the continued relevance of the humanities for understanding big questions in life, such as death, spirituality and power dynamics,” says Marla.

 

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