‘Life of Ideas, Notions, and Concepts’ panel discussion Feb. 22
“Life of Ideas, Notions, and Concepts,” the second in a series of panel discussions by University of Maine humanities professors will be held Feb. 22 in Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall.
The decline and renaissance of an idea says a lot about our society and values. Participants in “Life of Ideas” will critically think about this phenomenon by addressing the lifespan of an array of theoretical concepts from humanities disciplines.
UMaine professors Michael Lang, Anne Knowles and Michael Howard will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Lang, an associate professor of history, will discuss “Innumerable Times, All at One Time: A History of Ages and Epochs”; Knowles, a professor of history, will present “The Age of the Map: Finished? Or Just Getting Started?”; and Michael Howard, a professor of philosophy, will focus on “Basic Income: Periodic Companion of the Luddite Fallacy, or an Idea Whose Time has (Finally) Come?”
The discussion will be moderated by Frédéric Rondeau, an assistant professor of French and assistant director of the Canadian-American Center.
Rondeau created the series as part of the 2017–2018 symposium “Juvenescence/Obsolescence: Humanities Approaches to Aging Across the Ages.” The series consists of panel discussions by UMaine professors and lectures by visiting scholars. The first panel took place in November 2017.
On March 6, Eric Mechoulan, a professor in the Department of French Literature at the Universite de Montreal, will give a talk titled, “On Friendship: A brief history of the concept from Aristotle to Facebook.’’ He will speak at 4 p.m. in the IMRC Center.
On March 29, Enzo Traverso, the Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities at Cornell University, will present ‘‘Burdens of the Past The Age of Left-Wing Melancholia.” Traverso will speak at 4 p.m. in Barrows Hall.
All events are free and open to the public. More information is online.