SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University philosophy Professor Mark Alfino and English Professor Marc Manganaro, dean of Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss “What Can We Learn from Postmodernism?” from 7-9 p.m., Monday, March 26 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
This event is another installment of the popular “What Can We Learn?” series co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences and philosophy Professor Wayne Pomerleau in his capacity as the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities.
Manganaro will show how postmodernist thought emerged from critical theory in the last few decades of the 20th century and focus on its relation to modernism, including the area of literary fiction. Manganaro will illustrate the application of postmodernism with specific examples of postmodern art and culture, including, perhaps, some drawn from recent film and popular music. Professor Alfino will focus on the postmodern critique of traditional theories of meaning and truth, explaining how it has proved so controversial, as presented by such postmodern thinkers as Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard, and Rorty. He will present a few lasting lessons to be learned from the challenge.
This marks the eighth consecutive year of this lecture series coordinated by Pomerleau. The series focuses on the current relevance and significance of the ideas from great thinkers of the past. The series has focused on historical figures including: Socrates, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, William James, William Shakespeare, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Confucius and Lao Tzu, John Muir and Aldo Leopold, Herodotus and Thucydides, and Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
For more information, please contact Professor Pomerleau at (509) 313-6750 or via e-mail.