F902 Fall 2018 Mason Faculty Club Series, Part 2: Various Discussions
Monday, 9:30-11:00, Oct. 15-29
Come join us at the Mason Faculty Club (Pilot House on the main campus) to enjoy breakfast and a stimulating presentation. The fee includes a three-hour parking pass for the Rappahannock parking deck in the designated visitor parking area and a continental breakfast consisting of fruit, yogurt, granola, bagels and pastries, coffee, tea, and juice. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Oct. 15: Time and Time Again: Do the Classics Still Matter in Today's Theater? Why do we continue to study and perform theatrical works from hundreds (or thousands) of years ago, written under radically different circumstances? Times have changed, and the politics, religion, social mores, gender roles, economies, and living conditions that Sophocles, Shakespeare, Calderón, Moliere, Ibsen, or Chekhov knew have morphed in some cases beyond recognition. Do we keep these old works alive just because they're famous? Or is there another way in which the classic works of drama and opera remain vital to a changing world? This talk will examine a few cases of old works telling new stories and invite a discussion of the resonance of some theatrical classics in our world today. Rick Davis is dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, professor of theater, and executive director of Hylton Performing Arts Center. Previously, Davis served as Mason's associate provost for Undergraduate Education and artistic director of Theater of the First Amendment. Before coming to Mason in 1991, he was resident dramaturg and associate artistic director of Baltimore's Center Stage, associate director and co-founder of the American Ibsen Theater in Pittsburgh and taught drama at Washington College. His four books include selected translations of Ibsen and Calderón de la Barca. Davis was educated at Lawrence University (BA) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA, DFA).
- Oct. 22: Authoritarian Regimes in Comparative and Historical Perspective: The Cases of Napoleonic France, Pre-WWII Japan, and Modern-Day Burma (Myanmar).
After the fall of the Roman Empire, some areas, such as Spain, England, France, and Russia, were consolidated under kings. Kings were kings because their ancestors had been kings. By the 17th century, kings claimed much more authority through the theory of divine right or power passed from God. Napoleon broke this mold by crowning himself. His power came from his ability to subdue others by force of arms. In the domestic realm he exercised unprecedented authority. In the case of Japan, the lurch towards authoritarianism in the 1930s occurred as domestic and international crises pushed the political climate rightwards and created room for military leaders to work within existing institutions to suppress dissent at home and promote military aggression abroad. Myanmar's path to authoritarianism occurred by way of a military coup and is largely a product of the constitutional constraints institutionalized by the military and the ongoing power that this constitution provides it. This kind of authoritarianism is difficult to defeat, and it is increasingly giving rise to “personalist dictatorship”—a particular brand of autocracy in which power is highly concentrated in the hands of an individual. Professor Emeritus Jack Censer
earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins University and spent over 40 years at Mason, where he also served as chair of the department of History and Art History, and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In retirement, he has continued his interest in revolutions generally and has most recently authored, with Lynn Hunt, The French Revolution and Napoleon in Global Perspective
. Brian Platt
is associate professor of history in the department of History and Art History at Mason and is currently serving as department chair. He is a specialist in Japanese history, with a research focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and is the author of Burning and Building: Schooling and State Formation in Japan, 1750-1890
. John G. Dale
is associate professor of sociology in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mason. He is also affiliate faculty of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and research affiliate of the Center for Social Science Research and the Institute for Immigration Research. He received his MA in sociology from the New School for Social Research and his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability
and co-author (with Anthony Orum) of Political Sociology: Power and Participation in Modern World
- Oct. 29: Reimagining American Policing: The Role of Research. Cynthia Lum will discuss how policing has changed but has also stayed the same since her time as a sworn officer, focusing on the important role that research has played in reimagining American policing. Lum is director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and professor in the department of Criminology, Law and Society at Mason. She is a former Baltimore city police officer and detective who earned a PhD in criminology from the University of Maryland, an MS in criminology from the London School of Economics and a BA in political science and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.