How do seemingly insignificant objects take on broader cultural meanings? How do innocuous opinions point to deeper historical and political currents? How do our common-place ideas about time and space illustrate historically specific economic beliefs? This lecture by Professor David Jenemann is both a class and a public presentation that raises these questions as a means to accomplish two tasks simultaneously - to argue for the stakes of focusing on the “extraneous” details of cultural life and to introduce students and colleagues to a fundamental category of knowledge: the social. His full Professor Lecture "From Baseball Gloves to Fascism: Knowledge and the Social Order" is Wednesday, September 25 at 5:05 p.m. in Billings Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Jenemann is a Professor of English, film and television studies, and dean of the Honors College. He is also a member of the Library of Congress’s Radio Preservation Task Force and serves as that organization’s sports broadcasting chair. His research interests are broadly interdisciplinary, and he has published in fields ranging from anthropology and philosophy to art history and sports sociology. When not at UVM, he is probably watching school soccer games. Every Sunday afternoon from April through September, you can find him playing “Old Man” baseball somewhere in Vermont.
The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to recognize faculty newly promoted to full professor rank. The next lecture in this series will be presented by Sin Yee Chan for the Department of Philosophy