Yale's Amy Hungerford, PhD, will deliver the 2018 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture at Fairfield University.
The lecture entitled “Sociable Solitude and the Internet Age" will be held at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
According to Dr. Hungerford, sociable solitude—whether we find it in being alone with a book, alone in prayer, or alone with our phones—is an ancient human experience and a pervasive element of contemporary life. In her lecture, she will explore the history, meaning, and social experience of solitude in a culture dominated by technology and social media.
"We are delighted to welcome Professor Amy Hungerford to Fairfield University," stated Dr. Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for Catholic Studies. "Her current research qualifies her uniquely to address an issue that concerns all of us, namely, how the human need for solitude interacts with social life, in the past as well as in our very different present."
Dr. Hungerford is a professor of English and American Studies, as well as divisional dean of humanities at Yale University. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century American literature. She is the author of Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016), The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003), and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010). She is the author of a number of essays that have appeared in ALH and Contemporary Literature, and serves as the editor of the ninth edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume E, “Literature Since 1945” (2016). Additionally, she is the co-founder of Post45, a professional association for scholars working in post-45 literary and cultural studies, and post45.org, an open-access online journal.