Humanities Center Presents Terry Eagleton

From the DePaul Humanities Center:

Please join us as Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster, discusses C.P. Snow’s The Two Cultures on Monday, November 8, 2010. Professor Eagleton is the first speaker in the Humanities Center’s 2010-2011 lectures series: Reflections on C.P. Snow’s The Two Cultures: Science and Literature Revisited. Please see attached flyer and below for details.

Monday, November 8, 2010
5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 North Sheffield Avenue

This event is free and open to the public.

The abstract for Eagleton’s talk:

“The idea of culture has always been a matter of ferocious contention in the modern era, and has become even more so in our own time. In the broadest sense, culture signifies forms of personal and social identity for which men and women are prepared to do battle. The confrontation some decades ago between C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis is a locus classicus of this perennial debate, and the lecture will draw attention to the strengths and limits of both of these notions of culture, as well as to the diversity of the concept as a whole. It will also examine some of the ways in which the argument over culture has shifted in terms since this classic confrontation, not least as the quarrel between the arts and sciences has passed over into conflicts within the humanities, in the shape of the so-called culture wars.”

Terry Eagleton is the Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster. His books include Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983); After Theory (2003) and The Idea of Culture (2000). His latest books are The Meaning of Life (2007); Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics (2008); Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (2009) and On Evil (2010).

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