Author and professor Catherine Lutz discusses warmaking as American way of life. Thursday, October 16, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Brown University professor of anthropology Catherine Lutz will discuss “Warmaking as the American Way of Life” on Thursday, October 16, at 5:30 pm, in Sanders Auditorium (Room 212). The annual John Christie Memorial Lecture at Vassar College is presented by the American Culture Program and is free and open to the public.

Lutz is best known for her examinations of the social influence of war and military. After spending time at military bases in North Carolina, Guam, Okinawa, South Korea, and the Philippines, she examined their impact on surrounding communities.

“Professor Lutz’s fascinating research is both challenging and timely, and is a wonderful example of the kind of multidisciplinary approach that is the hallmark of the John Christie Memorial Lecture,” said William Hoynes, director of the program in American Culture.

At Brown and the Watson Institute for International Studies, Lutz has also explored cultural understanding of the emotions, photography and race and gender in the U.S., and sociocultural contexts of science.

A widely published author, Lutz’s most recently published works include Local Democracy under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics (2007) and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century (2001), which won the Leeds and the Victor Turner Prizes. She is the immediate past president of the American Ethnological Society, the largest organization of cultural anthropologists in the U.S.

The multidisciplinary program offers students an opportunity to study of American Culture and society from a variety of perspectives and through the methodologies of different intellectual disciplines.

The American Culture Program’s John Christie Lecture, an annual event named in honor of the founding director of the American Culture Program at Vassar, brings prominent speakers to campus who take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of American culture and society. The annual John Christie Lecture is the program’s major event.  Recent lecturers have included Winona LaDuke, Melanie McAlister, Vijay Prashad, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Richard Slotkin, Gary Okihiro, and Kai Erikson.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 1, 2008