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March 13: Lester Mazor Memorial Lecture by Caren Kaplan

Lester MazorThe inaugural Lester J. Mazor Memorial Lecture at Hampshire College will be held on March 13, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall (in the Main Lecture Hall).

In honor of her mentor, Caren Kaplan 73F will give a talk entitled “Everyday Militarization.” Kaplan is a professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Professor Kaplan, a Hampshire College graduate, earned her PhD. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She taught at Georgetown University and the University of California, Berkeley, before taking up her current position at UC Davis.

Mazor was a founding faculty member of Hampshire College. He joined Hampshire in July 1970. For nearly four decades, Professor Mazor taught and mentored Hampshire students interested in law and related fields. He established the Law Program at Hampshire.

This lecture series is made possible by the generous funding of the Lester J. Mazor Endowment at Hampshire College. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Jennifer Hamilton at jhamilton@hampshire.edu.

Abstract:

In the modern period, we assume that there is a necessary and comfortable gap between civilian and military life that keeps war contained in specific spaces at a distance. Yet this division obscures the blurry middle ground between military and civilian culture, particularly in the arenas of architectural design, techno-culture, digital arts and entertainment, and many fields and disciplines. "Everyday Militarization" poses a series of questions such as: When is wartime and where does it occur? Can wars be said to begin and end or do they disturb our sense of time and continuity? Are the boundaries of battlefields discrete or do they move into other spaces and sites? This talk will focus on the visual culture of wartime to explore examples of continuity and disruption in the space and time of modernity.

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