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Conference Announcement - Keynote Address by Chris Hedges
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Wilfrid Laurier University
Religion and Culture
“HOPE: Uncertainty, Pluralism, and Innovation”
Date: Mar 27/10
The Interdisciplinary Arts Conference (IAC) is an annual academic conference, for all Faculty of Arts students across Canada, both at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels, hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Religion & Culture Society (R&CS).
The primary goal of the IAC remains the promotion of scholarship by providing a) an opportunity for students to give voice to their academic insights outside of the classroom, as well as b) an occasion for students in all disciplines to share in academic discourse.
This year, students of the Faculty of Arts will address the theme of “HOPE,” presenting their ideas in 20 minute presentations, followed by a brief question and answer period. Two awards will be given to the best Undergraduate and Graduate presentations, based on audience feedback. Join us in our pursuit of knowledge!
Keynote Lecture by Chris Hedges
“Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle”
Chris Hedges will speak about the systematic deconstruction of the matrix of American illusions: the overwhelming ways in which our culture and our lives, are severed from the complexities of reality into the one-dimensional world of celebrities, infotainment, pornography, advertising, and nationalism. This veteran Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist takes us from the lurid world of World Wrestling Entertainment, Jerry Springer and the annual Adult Video convention in Las Vegas, to the sanitized halls of the White House and corporate board rooms and the ivory towers of ultra-specialized academia, without missing a beat. Hedges makes the case that as Americans retreat into worlds of televised and commercial fantasy, the corporate stranglehold on our lives has simultaneously devastated the very fabric of our reality: our homes, our jobs, our civic participation.
Book signing to follow. Chris Hedges’ books will be available for sale.
To RSVP your attendance, click here.
To view a map to the venue, click here.
Contact: Melissa Ireland