Institute for the Humanities Institute for the Humanities en-us Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:12:44 -0600 Alfred Thomas: Shakespeare's Bohemia: Terror and Tolerance in Early Modern Europe";dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20181115T211648Z-10eec10-3e8-17cc1a16-Oracle <p>Date: <a href=";dispatch=datesearch&amp;date=12-4-2018">December 4, 2018</a> at 4:30 pm | <a href=";defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=invite&amp;id=20181115T211648Z-10eec10-3e8-17cc1a16-Oracle">Add event to my UICal</a> <br />Category: <a href=";search=%22Exhibits+and+Readings%22">Exhibits and Readings</a>, <a href=";search=%22Conferences+and+Workshops+%22">Conferences and Workshops </a> </p> Alfred Thomas argues that far from being ignorant of the location and significance of Bohemia in his play "The Winter's Tale" (as Ben Jonson famously stated), William Shakespeare could easily have heard about this landlocked country's ecumenical reputation for religious toleration from English players returning to London from central European cities like Danzig, Koenigsberg and Prague, where they performed their plays in English. In the same year that "The Winter's Tale" was performed at court in London (1609), Rudolf II issued his "Letter of Majesty" which granted religious toleration to his Protestant subjects within the Habsburg territories. This lecture argues that this was no coincidence and that Shakespeare's plays "King Lear" and "The Winter's Tale" can not only be read as impassioned appeals for religious toleration in an intolerant age but also provide a powerful contrast between the oppressiveness of English religious politics and the more enlightened situation in France and Central Europe in the early years of the seventeenth century.<br />;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20181115T211648Z-10eec10-3e8-17cc1a16-Oracle Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:16:48 -0000 David Miller: "Role of Bilingualism on Evaluation of Socio-Political Ideologies";dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20181115T210825Z-31d4392-3e8-74190542-Oracle <p>Date: <a href=";dispatch=datesearch&amp;date=11-29-2018">November 29, 2018</a> at 4:00 pm | <a href=";defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=invite&amp;id=20181115T210825Z-31d4392-3e8-74190542-Oracle">Add event to my UICal</a> <br />Category: <a href=";search=%22Lectures,+Seminars+and+Meetings%22">Lectures, Seminars and Meetings</a>, <a href=";search=%22Conferences+and+Workshops+%22">Conferences and Workshops </a> </p> This talk explores the psychological roots of our beliefs, the concept of truth, and the various mechanisms we employ in order to maintain a cohesive picture of the world that matches personal values. In so doing, we will explore recent psycholinguistic literature on the role of bilingualism in making belief-motivated moral judgments, as well as the many variables that affect bilinguals' decisions as compared to monolinguals. Given the growing population of bi- and multilinguals worldwide, as well as recent political climates across the globe, we will discuss the above literature in the context of a pilot study examining sociopolitical decision making among bilinguals living in the United Kingdom during Brexit, and we will assess the role of specific linguistic variables that seem to influence decision making more generally among this population.<br /> <br />A Forum on 15 Working Group Event, organized by the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics.<br />;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20181115T210825Z-31d4392-3e8-74190542-Oracle Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:18:17 -0000