Monmouth College will host four recurring events Feb. 9-11, starting with a “Journey Stories” film and concluding with a “Darwinpalooza” lecture. In between, on Feb. 10, will be the next Great Decisions discussion and the first International Luncheon of the spring semester. All four events are free and open to the public.
Jonathan Smith, professor of English at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will present the Darwinpalooza lecture on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room in the Stockdale Center. Titled “Darwin, Evolutionary Aesthetics and Victorian Visual Culture,” the lecture is part of MC’s continuing celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin.
Smith will discuss Darwin’s argument in his book “The Descent of Man” (1871) that the human aesthetic sense is an evolutionary inheritance from animals.
Maggie Dort, a senior from Lakemoor, will present an International Luncheon talk on Costa Rica on Feb. 10 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room in the Stockdale Center.
Titled “Living the ‘Pura Vida,’” Dort’s talk will focus on her semester abroad in San Pedro, Costa Rica. She will discuss the differences in mentality between Costa Ricans and the people of the U.S., with emphasis on the country’s slogan “Pura Vida,” literally meaning “pure life,” but also meaning “full of life” and “this is living.”
A buffet lunch, featuring a Latin American menu, will be served. A meal ticket may be purchased for $7.50 in the food service office in Stockdale Center. Lunch reservations must be made in advance by calling 309-457-2149, but anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.
The Journey Stories Film Series complements the traveling Smithsonian exhibit currently on display at the Bucahanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth. The series continues on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium with “El Norte,” a film about the hard life of illegal immigrants in the U.S. It will be introduced by associate professor of modern foreign languages Heather Brady.
On Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tartan Room of the Stockdale Center, assistant professor of political science Matt Gritter will introduce the next Great Decisions topic, “U.S.-China Security Relaitons.” Following his opening remarks, there will be approximately one hour of group discussion.