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Humanities Lecture Series - Monstrosity in the 2016 Presidential Contest Feb. 21

Posted 02/20/2017
Submitted by Nicholas Ealy
Category: Campus Announcements

The University of Hartford Humanities Center Lecture Series “Our Monsters, Ourselves” continues Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dana 201 (Mali 1) Lecture Hall.

The lecture series is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

The third lecture in the series, titled “Monstrosity and Metaphor in the 2016 Presidential Contest,” will be given by Erin Cassese PhD, associateprofessor of Political Science at West Virginia University.

In this talk, Professor Cassese will examine the ways in which critics of Donald Trump on both the right and the left invoked a discourse of monstrosity to describe him and his actions during the 2016 presidential contest. Such discourse, she argues, reflects processes of dehumanization and moral distancing while exposing fears that lurk beneath the surface of public life.

Professor Cassese has a PhD in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook and writes about gender and race in American Politics.

The Lecture Series was developed and is led by Amanda Walling PhD, associate professor in the department of English and Modern Languages (A&S).

The Humanities Center at the University of Hartford supports interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the humanities through art, science, technology, media, music, psychology, history, film, philosophy, and literature. For more information, contact Nicholas Ealy, interim director, at