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Artist and scholar to speak at Humanities Center Friday

Adriana Novoa, a Latin American-trained artist and scholar who is researching both the cultural meaning of Darwinism outside Europe and the cultural history of the idea of disappearance in Argentina, will speak at Lehigh’s Humanities Center at 3 p.m. Friday, April 16.

Her talk, titled "Artistic Failures: History as art in the writing of (from) memory," is free and open to the public.

Novoa received her B.A. in history from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1988, and went on to graduate work at the Instituto Di Tella under the supervision of Torcuato di Tella. From there, Novoa went to the University of California, San Diego, where she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American history.

Her dissertation focuses on the politics of modernization and its relationship to gender and race, and she’s completed a book manuscript based on her work. She is currently revising Unclaimed Fright: Race, Masculinity and National Identity in Argentina, 1850-1910 , for publication, as well as working with Alex Levine, philosopher of science at Lehigh, on a critical compilation of Darwinian texts from Argentina. She and Levine are comparing scientific narratives in order to understand the cultural meaning of Darwinism outside Europe.

For more information, contact the Humanities Center at (610) 758-4649.

Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004

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