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Nov. 19: Colloquium presents final fall event in December

Monday, November 19, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—The representation of trauma and memory in contemporary Spanish cinema is the topic of a lecture by an acclaimed scholar and novelist Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

The event is co-sponsored by the College's annual Center for the Humanities colloquium series, which is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, and the College's honors program.

Patricia Hart, Ph.D., is professor of Spanish and director of film studies at Purdue University, where she has taught for 25 years. Her lecture, Sounds of Silence: Time and Memory in Contemporary Catalan Cinema, focuses on the award-winning film by Catalan director Isabel Coixet, The Secret Life of Words. Sarah Polley plays a Croatian refugee whose silence throughout much of the film results from her traumatic experiences during the Bosnian Wars. Concentrating on the film's innovative sound design, Hart will discuss how Coixet uses sound as a tool for crystalizing memories that should not be forgotten.

Hart is the author of a novel, Little Sins, and two books of criticism, The Spanish Sleuth and Narrative Magic in the Fiction of Isabel Allende. She has also translated two novels by Isabel-Clara Simó from Catalan into English. She earned a doctorate in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This is the final colloquium event for the fall semester. Spring events will include a talk March 4 by historian Adam Arenson, who will discuss the role played by the American West in the Civil War; and on April 16, the celebrated Baltimore craft artist Joyce C. Scott will be the guest speaker for the annual Rosenfeld Family Lecture.

For more information about the colloquium, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, at