René Girard, Moral Injury, and Literary Knowledge

René Girard, Moral Injury, and Literary Knowledge

15 November 2016
4:00PM - 5:30PM
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall, Lake Shore Campus

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Professor emeritus Andrew McKenna will give a lecture on his volunteer work teaching two writing-intensive literature courses at Stateville Correctional Center. He will further discuss how René Girard's sacrificial theory of cultural organization illuminates the links between Western literary masterpieces and the canon of African-American literature.

Dr. McKenna aims to encourage attention-and possible volunteer service- to the needs of humanist learning for a population that is mostly being warehoused to no benefit to anyone. His talk links humanistic and religious traditions to a critical understanding of institutional practices.