Dr. Michael Trotti to Present at December 5 Faculty Colloquiuim


Contributed by MaryAnn Taylor

Submitted by Marisa Kelly, Provost

Please join me on Thursday, December 5th for the third Faculty Colloquium of the academic year.  Dr. Michael Trotti, Department of History, will be presenting “Cultural History and Racial Violence:  Case Studies in Why the Humanities Matter.” 

Professor Trotti received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999.   He explores a range of issues in the American past –political, economic, social - but he is particularly interested in pursuing the social implication of change:  how developments in American history affected different people (different in class, gender, race, ethnicity.)

Using a series of examples from his recent work on capital punishment and lynching in the Jim Crow South, Professor Trotti explores the important place of narrative and storytelling – how people take action based not directly upon the facts of the world, but on their beliefs about those realities and what those realities mean.  The study of storytelling, of beliefs and their creations, of finding meaning in the world around us, are central to what historians and others in the humanities do.

The IC Faculty Colloquium, launched in 2012, is a monthly event designed to provide a forum for faculty to share with one another their scholarly and creative work. This is a chance for people across department and school lines to learn more about the exciting pursuits of their colleagues and to engage with one another as members of a common learning community.

The Colloquium will take place from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Taughannock Falls Room of the Campus Center. We will enjoy wine, appetizers, an outstanding presentation, and excellent conversation.  

I look forward to seeing you there.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact MaryAnn Taylor at mataylor@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3113. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.