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John McKendy Annual Lecture on Narrative

Hilde Lindemann

“How to Counter a Counterstory (and Keep Those People in Their Place)”

Date: Oct 27, 2014

Time: 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Location: Kinsella Auditorium – McCain Hall, Fredericton

Hilde Lindemann Inset

The 2014 John McKendy Memorial Lecture on Narrative will be delivered by Hilde Lindemann, professor of philosophy at Michigan State University.  Her lecture will focus on narrative strategies that people in dominant social positions use to counter a counterstory and keep an oppressive social order in place.
A former president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and a Fellow of the Hastings Center, her published work includes Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair; An Invitation to Feminist Ethics and Holding and Letting Go: The Social Practice of Personal Identities. She edited Stories and Their Limits: Narrative Approaches to Bioethics and coedited Naturalized Bioethics: Toward Responsible Knowing and Practice, and Beyond Loss: Dementia, Identity, Personhood.
“A counterstory, as I have developed the concept, is a story that is told for the purpose of resisting a socially shared narrative that purports to justify the oppression of a social group,” said Lindemann.
“The socially shared story—I call them master narratives—enters the tissue of stories that constitute the group’s identity, damaging that identity and so constricting group members’ access to the goods on offer in their society. In this talk, I explore some of the difficulties that arise when a counterstory sets out to repair that identity, and why the master narratives are so difficult to uproot.”
Lindemann also teaches at the University of Santa Clara in California and has previously taught at the University of Tennessee and Vassar College in New York. Her course topics include feminist philosophy, identity and agency, naturalized bioethics and narrative approaches to bioethics. Lindemann is a Fulbright Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Her research interests are in feminist bioethics, feminist ethics, the ethics of families, and the social construction of persons and their identities.
Workshop October 25 – “The Theatre of the Oppressed”
Interested in acting and philosophy? The Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop could be for you!
Hilde Lindemann will be offering a workshop before delivering the Annual John McKendy Memorial Lecture on Narrative. The workshop, Theatre of the Oppressed, will be offered on October 25 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Holy Cross House.
Workshop participants will take part in a style of improvisational theater developed in Brazil by late director, Augusto Boal. It was originally developed as an instrument of liberation for illiterate workers but is now practiced by groups of people all over the world. Participants will experience it first-hand, by acting in numerous scenes in which they can change the story to promote social justice.
Workshop fee: $25 (Students $15) - For details email: eagle@stu.ca.

October 25 Workshop Poster
October 27 Lecture Poster

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