Humanities Institute to present piano performance, celebrity lecture

March 21, 2019 | Arts, Events, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Staff

The University of Toledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities has scheduled two events this spring.


Dr. Andrew Mattison, professor and associate chair of the UToledo Department of English Language and Literature, will present “The In-Between: Europe Music 1890-1920” Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery.

Mattison, a pianist, will perform works by Fauré, Reger, Rachmaninoff and Schoenberg, and he will discuss their relation to the literature and art of the period.

On Thursday, April 12, Dr. Susan J. Douglas, the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, will discuss “How Celebrity Culture Shapes America.”

Her lecture will take place at 7:15 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.


Douglas will talk about how celebrity culture was not always part of our media and everyday lives. She will focus on the revolution of fame and its often underestimated impact on American culture.

‘“We invite campus and community members to join us as we explore and appreciate the richness of human culture,” said Dr. Mysoon Rizk, director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and associate professor of art history in the UT Department of Art.

Mattison’s performance lecture is a co-presentation of the Toledo Museum of Art, the UToledo College of Arts and Letters, and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities. As part of the Great Performances series, it is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.

Douglas’ lecture is sponsored by the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities, the Department of Communication, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

For more information on the free events, contact Rizk at

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