College of Humanities and Social Sciences

2017 Gras Lecture in the Humanities

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:00 PM
Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III

The English Department is pleased to announce that environmental humanist, Wendy Wheeler, will present the 2017 Vernon and Marguerite Gras Lecture. Wheeler is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Cultural Inquiry, as well as faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the London Metropolitan University. 

Wheeler has researched and written on biosemiotics and culture since 2005 when she was introduced to the work of Jesper Hoffmeyer, Kalevi Kull, Søren Brier, Frederick Stjernfelt, John Deely and others. She has been particularly influenced by the work of Gregory Bateson in thinking about living communicative systems, and about how formal and organizational patterns and semiosis in nature are repeated in cultural and aesthetic forms and meanings. She is especially interested in the ways in which biosemiotic process systems theories can provide useful tools for research in the medical and the ecological humanities.

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