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May 2017

How Prayer Solves Problems and Creates Them: Prayer as a Cultural Tool for American Evangelicals

May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

American Evangelicals believe prayer can do a lot, both for themselves and for the world. Yet just as prayer solves problems for them, it also creates them.  Two especially important problems are spontaneity and certainty: it’s important for Evangelicals to feel as though they “really mean it” when they pray and that they understand God’s will as they seek advice and guidance. In this talk, I draw on Heidegger and other studies of technology to think about how particular “cultural…

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June 2017

Jodi Melamed – Marquette University – Dispossession by Proceduralism

June 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Forum aims to promote scholarly dialogue and debate concerning the status and future of literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on exploring and engaging new theoretical paradigms and critical perspectives in humanistic scholarship. The 2016-17 Kanner Forum will be organized around a broad theme, “How to Read…” As you know, reading has long held a privileged place in literary studies as a term of art for what literary scholars do. Along with associated terms like literacy and interpretation,…

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