Lecture – “Love Slaves and Wonder Women: Radical Feminism and Social Reform in the Psychology of William Moulton Marston”

The next lecture in this year’s Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology lecture series on “Sexing Science, Gendering Technology” will be by Dr. Matt Brown:

 “Love Slaves and Wonder Women: Radical Feminism and Social Reform in the Psychology of William Moulton Marston”

THIS Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 pm, Jonsson Performance Hall, UT Dallas

This is the culmination of a long-term project that involves history and philosophy of science, history of feminism and the women’s movement, history of popular culture, literature, and comics studies. I would be honored to see you there.

I have a draft of a paper in progress (much more academic in nature than the presentation will be) with the same title as the talk on Wednesday. If you’d like to have a look before the lecture (or after), I’d be happy to send it to you.

Here’s the abstract for the paper:

In contemporary histories of psychology, William Moulton Marston (1893-1947) is sometimes remembered for helping develop the lie detector test. He is better remembered in history of popular culture for creating the comic book superhero Wonder Woman. In his time, however, he was a significant psychologist and public figure, contributing to research in deception, basic emotions, abnormal psychology, sexuality, and consciousness. He was also a radical though unorthodox feminist with deep connections to women’s rights movements. Marston’s work is instructive in several ways for philosophers of science, particularly on the question of the relation between science and values. Although Marston’s case provides further evidence of the beneficial role that feminist values can play in scientific work, nevertheless, it poses challenges to philosophical accounts of value-laden science. Marston’s feminist values allow him to identify weaknesses in the research of other psychologists, and they allow him to posit psychological concepts that avoid reifying social stereotypes; this aspect of his work exemplifies earlier views about feminist value-laden research. His scientific work also implies *normative* conclusions about psycho-emotional health for individuals and society, a direction of influence that is relatively under-theorized in the literature. Furthermore, Marston makes use of the popular press as an unusual venue of the *application* of his scientific research as well as the advocacy of his radical values. To understand and evaluate Marston’s work requires an approach that treats science and values as mutually influencing; it also requires that we understand the relationship between science advising and political advocacy in value-laden science.

Skip Hollandsworth at UTD on Thursday, March 12

Our speaker for the 2015 Spring Semester will be journalist, filmmaker, and screenwriter, Skip Hollandsworth. His appearance on campus, originally scheduled for February 25, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 12. On that afternoon, he will be available to meet with students informally at the library in Green Center at 4 p.m., on Thursday, March 12. That evening at 7:30, there will be a screening of the 2012 feature film Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Black, and Matthew McConaughey. Mr. Hollandsworth co-wrote the script with Mr. Linklater. It was based on Mr. Hollandsworth’s 1998 Texas Monthly article, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” which depicts the murder of an 82-year-old woman, Marjorie Nugent, by her 39-year-old companion, Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede. Informed readers will be aware that Tiede has been lately in the news as his case and sentencing have come up for judicial reconsideration. Following the screening, Mr. Hollandsworth will make brief remarks and engage in a question-and-answer session with the audience. This should be of particular interest to students with an interest in filmmaking, adaptation, journalism, and communication.

The screening and Q&A will take place in JO 3.516.

Mr. Hollandsworth, executive editor for Texas Monthly, is an award-winning journalist whose career began in Dallas. His articles have been recognized nationally as well as regionally, and he is an enthusiastic and personable individual who will provide a unique and entertaining evening following the screening of his film.

Book laumch/reading by Joseph Milazzo

From: Milazzo, Joseph
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2014 9:33 AM
Subject: Crepuscule W/ Nellie book launch, November 13

I will be reading from and signing copies of Crepuscule W/ Nellie next Thuesday evening , 11/13, at The Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff. Full details on the event can be found here:


I wanted to make sure to extend a personal invitation to anyone in the School or Arts and Humanities who may be interested in attending. (The Wild Detectives is not a dry location, and so this event has at least that going for it.)

Thanks much, as always; best,


Lecture by historian James Livingston February 6

Rutgers University historian James Livingston will be giving a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 6 in the JO Performance Hall at 7:30.

The title of his talk is “After Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea,or, What is to be Done When Work Disappears?”  Details of the talk are here:


I want to encourage interested faculty to attend, and recommend attendance to students in their classes.  Livingston is a provocative thinker, who has an unconventional perspective on recent cultural and intellectual history and its implications for contemporary critical theory and social thought. I’m sure his talk will generate a lively conversation.

Professor Livingston has agreed to meet with graduate students in an informal setting at 4:30 next Thursday afternoon in the Graduate Student lounge.

Phi Alpha Theta Brownbag – Wednesday Octobe 23


Have you ever found yourself wondering if a Literature class on British Romanticism should spend a considerable amount of time discussing the French Revolution? Or found yourself contemplating if a History seminar on 19th century Britain should include a Charles Dickens novel? And then thought to yourself: You know, I wonder if others have this same internal dialogue regarding “History in Literature/Literature in History”?

Well, you’re in luck because that’s precisely the topic of Dr. Brewer’s lecture a week from today, Wednesday the 23rd, in room FO 2.208 at 1pm. So come and bring your Lit friends for what should be a thought-provoking lecture and discussion. On a side note, try not to let the fact that Dr. Brewer is an Arsenal supporter deter you from attending; he’s actually a pretty rad professor in spite of his allegiance to the Gunners.

-Anthony Milano
Phi Alpha Theta President

ARS Research Colloquia Series. Border Territories: Experimental Curating and the In-Between

ARS Research Colloquia Series of the UT Dallas ATEC/EMAC Programs
Art Rendevous Science

Border Territories: Experimental Curating and the In-Between

Rob La Frenais
Curator – The Arts Catalyst
Kerry Doyle
Director – Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
The University of Texas at El Paso

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Noon
ATEC Conference Room, ATC 1.606

Rob La Frenais and Kerry Doyle are collaborating with UT Dallas faculty member Roger Malina on “Territory of the Imagination: Art and Space in the Americas”, an international partnership that will team scientists, artists, graduate and undergraduate students on a large scale artistic, scientific, and educational project about art and space research and exploration in the Americas. This multi-year effort will prioritize the participation of US Latino and Latin American artists and researchers. In this colloquium, La Frenais and Doyle will present their previous experience and approaches to curating work that crosses borders of art, science and culture.

Dr. Rob La Frenais has been a contemporary art curator for 25 years. He believes in being directly engaged with the artist’s working process as far as possible, while actively widening the context within which the artist can work. For the last 15 years he has been based at The Arts Catalyst, a nationally funded organization in London, UK, where, along with director Nicola Triscott he has developed an influential international programme of collaborations based on interactions between art and science. His most recent exhibition with the Arts Catalyst, Republic of the Moon opened this year in Liverpool and is now touring internationally. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate, Dartington College of Art in 2005 and in 2006 completed a Ph.D. from Brunel University based on his practice as a curator. He was also the first curator ever to experience zero gravity, with a group of artists, at Star City in Moscow in 1999 and went on, with the Arts Catalyst to enable around 50 artists (and scientists) to work in an environment previously only experienced by astronauts and space scientists.

Kerry Doyle is the Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso. The mission of the Rubin Center is to curate and commission works of contemporary art that encourage adventuresome thinking and dialogue. Located on the US/Mexico border and at the epicenter of the Americas, the Rubin serves as a laboratory for emerging artists and innovative practitioners from across the globe. Doyle specializes in projects that are interdisciplinary, participatory and performative, with a special focus on the border as subject and site.

Note: A limited number of box lunches will be available.

The ATEC/EMAC Colloquium Committee welcomes suggestions for speakers visiting the metroplex or from the metroplex. Please send your suggestions to one of the Colloquium Committee Members: Professors Roger Malina and Mihai Nadin; co-chairs: Andrew Famiglietti, Paul Fishwick, Mona Kasra and Bonnie Pitman.

Sunday Lecture Series

“The Origin of Jewish Art: Max Liebermann and Hermann Struck”
Lecture by: Dr. Nils Roemer
Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor
Sunday, April 14, 2:00 p.m.UT Dallas, Jonsson Building, room JO 4.614

“The Why of Holocaust Denial”
Lecture by: Dr. David Patterson
Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies
Sunday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.UT Dallas, Jonsson Building, room JO 4.614

“National Myth and National Murder: The Holocaust in Hungary”
Lecture by: Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies
Sunday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.
UT Dallas, Jonsson Building, room JO 4.614


CentralTrak Lecture April 18 at 7 pm

April 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.
NEXT TOPIC: CentralTrak’s Lecture Series will host a panel discussion on ‘Art Writing & Art Criticism in Texas’, addressing:
Why ‘Art Criticism’? Do we need it?
Is there a clear mission for art writing, criticism, or the role of the critic?
What’s the role of expertise in writing art criticism? Does the art critic need training in art?
What’s the difference between art criticism and art reporting?
What is the art critics’s part in shaping an art scene?
How is social media and citizen journalism affecting the domain of ‘Art Criticism’?
What is the present condition of ‘Art Criticism’ in Dallas?
Frances Colpitt is the Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History at TCU and a specialist in contemporary art, theory and criticism.
Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance writer and a contributor to The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, and Art in America.
Peter Simek is the arts editor for D Magazine, where he manages, edits, and serves as the primary movie critic and reporter for FrontRow.
Charissa Terranova is Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a scholarly writer and freelance curator and critic working both nationally and internationally.
Jerome Weeks is the Art & Seek producer-reporter for KERA and a professional critic for more than two decades.
‘NEXT TOPIC’ is a bi-weekly lecture series at CentralTrak Artists Residency and Gallery that aims to foster critical discussions on contemporary art issues among Dallas artists, thinkers, critics, educators, theorist, and shapers across DFW area.http://www.centraltrak.net/portfolios/nexttopic/

CentralTrak Lectures Spring 2013

SPRING 2013:

March 21, 7-9 pm:
Artist and curator Nathan Green, artist and UTD Professor John Pomara, and artist and educator Kim Camdus Owens will discuss issues surrounding CentralTrak’s current exhibition ‘Failing Flat: Sculptural Tendencies in Painting,‘ a group exhibition of paintings that exist in a dual state of objecthood and the pictorial, featuring the work of Ivin Ballen, T.J. Donovan, Faith Gay, and Shane Tolbert, curated by Nathan Green.

April 4 , 7-9 pm:
Rebecca Carter
Artist Talk

April 18, 7-9 pm:
Fran Colpitt, Dee Mitchell, Peter Simek, Charissa Terranova
on ‘Art Writing & Art Criticism in Texas’

May 2, 7-9 pm:
Richard Patterson, Kevin Ruben Jacobs, Peter Doroshenko
on ‘Creating an Art Community/Scene’