Humanities lectures to explore art, relics, research

September 15, 2017 | Events, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Staff

The University of Toledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities will present three lectures during fall semester.

Listed by date, the lectures are:


• Sunday, Sept. 17 — “Borderless: Art and Migration in Troubled Times” by Aman Mojadidi, an Afghan-American visual artist, 2 p.m. in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library McMaster Center, 325 Michigan St. Mojadidi uses personal experience and cultural studies to address conflict, identity and globalization in his work. A reception will follow the talk.


• Monday, Sept. 18 — “Story of a Tree, a River, and the Sacred Relics: Peshawar Circa 1st Century CE” by Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, UT professor emeritus of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and former member of the University Board of Trustees, 6 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus. Hussain will discuss the Buddhist stupa, a building once located in his native Peshawar, Pakistan, and considered the eighth wonder of the ancient world. A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m.


• Thursday, Oct. 19 — “The Humanities and the Advancement of Knowledge” by Dr. Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Penn State University, 5:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium. He will address the role of humanities centers and institutes in fostering interdisciplinary humanities research, and whether that research is finding a place in North American academia.

“We hope campus and community members will be excited to attend these free, public lectures that explore immigration issues, world heritage, and the future of the humanities,” Dr. Mysoon Rizk, director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and associate professor of art history in the UT Department of Art, said. “We have been fortunate to be able to collaborate with community and campus partners on these events, and there are more to come, so please stay tuned.”

For more information, contact Rizk at

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