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Canadians Teaching in the United States*

September 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Dr. Sharrona Pearl joins us from the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania visit for a series of events (she will also be giving the 2017 Geddes W. Simpson Lecture and participate in a series of events with the Honors College and Canadian American Center). Dr. Pearl is an historian of science and medicine and an engaging lecturer (you can get a sense of her lecture style from the link below – a talk she gave at PopTech in Camden in 2014) and she writes regularly for websites like Huffington Post and Kveller – she understands the importance of communicating the academic and scholarly work we do on campus to public audiences, and she’s excellent at it.

Her scholarship specializes in the history of physiognomy (the 19th. century science of deducing character by facial characteristics) and she’s a renowned expert on the ethics of facial transplants and the role of the face in communication. Her most recent book is Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other (University of Chicago Press, 2017) but she writes on wide variety of scholarly topics in myriad disciplines. Her 2010 book, About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Harvard University Press) emerged from her doctoral work at Harvard’s History of Science and Technology Program.

Dr. Pearl’s work speaks to medical ethics, communication and identity, history of science, medicine, and technology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Dr. Pearl is Core Faculty in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at University of Pennsylvania in addition to her position in the Annenberg School).

Dr. Pearl’s 2014 talk at PopTech in Camden, ME:

To learn more about her, check out this profile of Dr. Pearl from Penn Current (University of Pennsylvania magazine).


September 14, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Canadian-American Center


Coe Room, Memorial Union
University of Maine
Orono, 04469 United States
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