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Celebrations, Rituals and Rites of Passage are Focus of Appalachian Humanities Program

BOONE–Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will present a series of lectures focusing on celebrations, rituals and rites of passage its Appalachian Humanities Program.

The first presentation is “The Bible, Religion, and Ritual” Sept. 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room. It features two faculty from the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Alan Hauser will present “The Lie Down Beside Every Altar: Baalittic Ritual, Sexuality, and Fertility in Ancient Israel” and F. Rachel Magdalene discusses “On Suffering, Devine Trials, and Corrective Rituals: The Ritual Incantation Texts of the Ancient Near East and the Book of Job.”

Lee Williams, Betsy Beaulieu, Bud Gerber, Joe Gonzalez and Jay Wentworth, all faculty in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, will discuss “The Role of Rituals in the Learning Process: Why Watauga College Works” Oct. 7 in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room from 6-7 p.m.

On Nov. 4, Victoria Cox, Judith Rothschild and Alexandra Hellenbrand from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will provide an insight into “Rites of Translation: Creative Reception of Ritual from Europe to the Andes.” The program begins at 6 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room.

English professor Rosemary Horowitz and members of the student Jewish organization on campus will present “Chanukah is Not the Jewish Christmas.” The presentation is Nov. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room.

Filmmaker, photographer and musician John Cohen will present “Celebrations and Ritual from the Mountains of Peru and Appalachia to Black Mountain, Bob Dylan, and the Skyscrapers of NYC” on Feb. 9, 2005, in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Cohen co-founded the New Lost City Ramblers. His lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.

On Feb. 17, 2005, J. Linn Mackey from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies will speak about “The Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony,” and Leon Lewis from the Department of English will speak on “Hoops on the Rez: Counting Goals as Counting Coups for Wannabe Warriors” beginning at 6 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room. The theme of the evening is “Western/Native American Ritual Intersections.”

” Pariah States and Double Standards: Political Reform in Cuba and Syria” is the topic for a March 3 presentation by Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice faculty Curtis Ryan and Renee Scherlen. Their lecture begins at 6 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room.

Presentations on March 17, 2005, focus on “Native American Appropriations and Negotiations.” Ann M. Kakaliouras from the Department of Anthropology presents “Rituals Long Deferred: The Native American Reburial Movement and the Humanization of American Anthropology.” Holly Martin from the Department of English presents “Hybridity and Healing: The Bicultural and Biracial Aspects of Tayo’s Healing Ritual in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.” The program begins at 6 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room.

” Dramatic Ritual and Celebration” is the theme for two lectures April 7, 2005. The Department of English’s John Crutchfield presents “Under a Sophoclean Sky: Dramatic Form and the Rites of Passage.” Paulette Marty from the Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Celebrating the Queen: An Entertainment for England’s Elizabeth I.” The talks begin at 6 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room.

The series ends April 21, 2005, with a “Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration” from 6-7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Macrae Peak Room. Susan Staub and students from the Department of English will lead the program.

For further information on the series, call Susan Staub in the Department of English at (828) 262-2335.

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