The second lecture in Meredith College International Lecture Series, an opportunity to explore world cultures through history, literature, politics and religion, will be held on October 22, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in Carswell Auditorium.
UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of History Jay Smith will present "Imagining the Monstrous: The Beast of the Gévaudan and 18th-century French culture.”
In the lecture, Smith will explore what makes people believe in monsters? What function does the monster serve in the human imagination? His talk will provide a look at the sensational story of the Beast of the Gévaudan, an event that occurred when France stood on the threshold of the modern world, provides intriguing answers to these questions.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Meredith College Diversity Council, the Department of Foreign Language and Literature, the Broder-Wallace Endowment of the History and Political Science Department at Meredith College and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Alliance Française.
All of the events in the series qualify as Academic/Cultural Events in General Education for Meredith College students. For more information, contact the Department of Foreign Language and Literature at (919) 760-8603 or (919) 760-8420.
Fax: (919) 760-8330