19 July 2012
Venue: Room 220, Arts 1 (Building 206)
Department of History seminar by Professor Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor, University of California, Berkeley.
This talk is part of a forthcoming book examining the relationship between death and modernity. This project is motivated by a question that lies at the core of what it is to be human: ‘what work do the dead do in making civilization?’ Professor Laqueur is a leading cultural historian and a pioneer of the history of the body and the history of sexuality. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley since 1973 and is a recent recipient of the Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award. Professor Laqueur is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.