The next Humanities Collaborative luncheon will take place on Friday, November 22, noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Teske dining room. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the CAS dean’s office.
The featured presenter will be Matthew Warshawsky, international languages and cultures, who will discuss “Making the Baroque Less Baroque: Helping Students Understand Texts from Long Ago and Far Away.” This conversation invites you to share strategies for engaging students with texts that at first glance they might consider unrelated to their own experiences, but that in fact have a surprising and important relevance. The frame through which Warshawsky approaches that challenge is literary and artistic production in Spain during the Medieval through Baroque eras, asking students to consider questions of right and wrong, idealized love, gender roles, religious (in)tolerance, and what makes a “good” and even holy life. Participants will consider translations of two poems that students read as a way of approaching some of these issues: “The Dark Night,” by San Juan de la Cruz, and “She Argues to be Inconsistent the Desires and the Criticisms of Men, Who in Women Find Culpable That Which They Themselves Cause,” by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.