UW News

December 5, 2002

‘Sins of the Father’ is topic of Katz lecture

Susan Jeffords, divisional dean for the social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, will give the next Solomon Katz Lecture in the Humanities on Sins of the Father: American Culture in a Time of Terror. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in 220 Kane.

“Throughout American history, narratives about fathers and sons have provided compelling frameworks for understanding who we are as Americans,” Jeffords says. “Whether stories of rebellion, restoration, correction, or continuation, these narratives have structured how we, as a culture, talk about continuity, change, and hope for the future. This lecture will explore what stories about fathers and sons look like in a post-Sept. 11 environment.”

Jeffords, who teaches in the English and Women Studies Departments, is the author of Hard Bodies: Hollywood Masculinity in the Reagan Era (1994) and The Remasculinization of America: Gender and the Vietnam War (1989) and the co-editor of Seeing Through the Media: The Persian Gulf War (1994). She teaches courses in American popular culture, with a particular emphasis on Hollywood film, the Vietnam War, and feminism.

The Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities Series was established in 1975 and presents three speakers during the academic year, two from other institutions and one from the UW faculty. For more information contact Leslie Jackson at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at 206-543-3920.

The lecture is free and open to the public.