College Announces Lineup for 2017-18 Liberal Arts Convocations Series

Published on 29 August 2017

The College will once again deliver a host of cultural experiences to the campus community as part of its 2017-18 Liberal Arts Convocations series. Each year, the series features a variety of speakers, authors, musicians, dancers and other performers whose presentations are designed to shed light on the complex human dimensions of health care. Themed “Bodies and Boundaries,” this year’s series will challenge attendees to contemplate self-determination as a key to health.

The series will get underway Aug. 31 with an appearance by National Book Critics Circle Award winner Eula Biss. Biss will discuss her book “On Immunity,” a New York Times best-seller which investigates the implications of childhood vaccinations. Members of the College community and the general public are invited to attend the free event, which will take place in the Academic and Research Building auditorium. The event will begin with a book signing at 10:30 a.m., followed by a presentation by Biss at noon.

“We are so honored to have the opportunity to bring Eula Biss to our campus,” said Brian Walter, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Liberal Arts Convocations Series. “For the 2017-18 series, we worked to engage presenters whose work dramatizes, respects and celebrates the body as the very self, enlarging our imaginative boundaries for health and health care. As we examine the broad theme of ‘Bodies and Boundaries,’ we are excited to get Eula’s first-hand insight on the questions surrounding immunity and the implications of immunity for individuals and society as a whole.”

Following Biss’s presentation, the Liberal Arts Convocations series will continue on Sept. 19 with a lecture-demonstration by Modern American Dance Co. and choreographer Suzanne Ryanstrati. The complete schedule of events for 2017-2018 is as follows:
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 – Presentation by “On Immunity” author Eula Biss
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 – Lecture-demonstration by Modern American Dance Co.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 – Performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Ensemble
  • Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 – Presentation by photographer Matika Wilbur & musician Bear Fox
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 – Performance by the St. Louis Ballet
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Celebration of Black History Month, featuring a presentation on the history and legacies of Soul Food and food samples from Ol’ Henry restaurant
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Lecture-demonstration by Dance St. Louis

All events will take place at noon in the Academic and Research Building auditorium.

“Our Liberal Arts Convocations series is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to engage in a variety of intellectually and culturally edifying experiences alongside individuals from diverse backgrounds,” said Walter. “We greatly encourage members of our College community and area residents to take part in these amazing and engaging events.”

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