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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 5, 2016
FSW Hosts Humanities Colloquium
Jerry Casale, founding member
and songwriter of the band Devo,
will deliver the keynote address of
the 3rd biennial Florida SouthWestern
State College Humanities Colloquium:
Education for a New Humanity at 7 p.m.
on Thursday, February 11 in the Rush
Auditorium, Building J, Room 103, at
the FSW Thomas Edison Campus in Fort
The theme for this year’s colloquium
is Evolution/Devolution/Revolution, and
Casale sets the tone for the event with his
lecture We Must Repeat. Casale attributes
the spark for Devo and his postmodern
sensibility to the trauma he suffered as a
close-up witness to the National Guard
killings of four students at Kent State
University on May 4, 1970. This experi-
ence changed his worldview and fueled a
creative approach to his outrage.
“I will posit that a creative response
to life’s apparent absurdity is the artist’s
attempt to battle entropy while restoring
order and spirituality in the face of the chaotic twin forces of evolution and devolution,
a subject on which I am quite familiar,” said Casale.
“The colloquium was originally conceived in 2011 as a response to the political
rhetoric and policies that sought to minimize the value of the Humanities and their
contribution to education and public life,” said Dr. Wendy Chase, FSW Humanities
professor. “Our goal is to spark dialogue across the disciplines about the key issues fac-
ing humankind in the 21st century. With current events and our political climate as it is
today, we are left to ask ourselves ‘as humans, are we evolving or devolving?’”
Two psychology professors from the University of Miami will explore the human
potential to evolve on Friday, February 12 in Building U, Room 102. Dr. Amishi Jha,
Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative
at the University of Miami, will present Contemplative Practices and Mental Training:
Prospects for American Education at 11 a.m . Dr. Jha is a highly sought-after speaker
who recently served on a panel with the Dalai Lama.
At 1 p.m ., Dr. Mike McCullough delivers his lecture, Beyond Revenge: The
Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct. Dr. McCullough has authored over 100 peer-
reviewed articles and book chapters. The focus of his research revolves around the
topics of gratitude, forgiveness and revenge.
The last guest lecture relates to the theme of “revolution” and will be delivered by
Mark Hosler, founding member of the audio visual collage group Negativland, at 7
p.m . on Thursday, February 18 in Building J, Room 103. Since 1980, Negativland
has created records, video, visual art works, radio, and live performance, using
appropriated sound, image and text. Taken mostly from corporately owned mass
culture, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and
suggest things that they never intended to. Negativland has been sued twice for copy-
right infringement. Hosler will educate and entertain audiences with his talk titled,
Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance, Negativland, and the Fight Not to
A full schedule of colloquium events can be found at www.fsw.edu/newhumanity/
schedule. All events are free and open to the public.
The colloquium is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
Dr. Amishi Jha and Dalai Lama
Dr. Mike McCullough
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