Marvelous Things Heard: History and the Problem of Weirdness

Thursday, December 8, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
Kendade Hall, Kendade 305
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Natalina Tulik
Religion Department

Presented by Catherine Chin, University of California, Davis 

How should we tell stories about the ancient world?  Was it like our world, or not like our world?  How should we tell stories about worlds in which things were true that are no longer true:  worlds where solid objects fall, not because of gravity, but because they feel desire for the center of the universe and move towards it whenever they can—or worlds where angels can live inside a human mind and eat its thoughts?  Worlds like this exist in many places;  one of those places is the past.  This talk is about finding the past strange, and about what can happen, both to us, and to the past, when we refuse to make strangeness disappear.   Reception following lecture.


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