Centennial Faculty ‘Talks of the Century’ April 6 with Gregg, Jensen, Schuster

| March 18, 2015
Faculty Talks

The final faculty “Talks of the Century” event is April 6.

The final event in the Webster University Centennial’s “Illuminate Your Mind: Faculty Talks of the Century” series is April 6, 2015, with inspiring 25-minute talks from faculty members Ryan Gregg in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts and Scott Jensen and Joseph Schuster in the School of Communications.

The talks begin at 7 p.m.* Monday, April 6, in the University Center Sunnen Lounge. This series is a signature event of the Centennial celebration.

Note: Some postings incorrectly listed the start time as 7:30. The program will begin at 7:00.



Learn about the topics of each talk in the faculty members’ descriptions below:

Celebrating Stories of Finding Voice: Making the Case for the Epistemic Value of Forensics and Debate
Scott Jensen, Professor of Speech Communication and Director of Forensics

Forensic and debate programs help develop critical skills through performance and presentation of literature and ideas embraced by their students. What is not as frequently considered regarding the value of forensics is the epistemic nature of the activity. Inherent in collegiate forensics is an integration of conflict resolution, group communication, intercultural communication, self-monitoring and awareness, and critical thinking and expression.

Sons and Fathers: The Origin of a Novel
Joseph M. Schuster, Professor, Department of Communications and Journalism

Joseph Schuster

While some fiction writers are methodical as they approach a work, not starting until they have a full outline, I’ve found that if I know what I want to write before I begin, the work will be a lifeless one. Rather, I prefer starting with a sentence or an image and then exploring where it takes me.

My new novel, “Sons and Fathers,” which I am currently revising, began with a trip to Costco and has ended up having nothing to do with what I saw there that inspired the novel. In this brief presentation, I will describe my journey to my final story as well as read a brief excerpt that arose out of a bit of serendipitous research I did when I wandered into a small town library in southeast Missouri with little idea of what I was looking for when I walked in the door.

Authority and Invention: Castiglione and the Reception of the St. Louis Reclining Pan


Ryan E. Gregg, Assistant Professor,  Department of Art, Design, and Art History

The St. Louis Art Museum’s 16th-century statue of Reclining Pan proved inspirational to many artists of the 17th century, none moreso than Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. The artist reproduced the statue in many of his works, making it a symbol of his artistic invention.

His and other 17th-century artistic responses reveal the Reclining Pan as a primary catalyst for the period’s extensive Arcadian and bacchanalian imagery while simultaneously representing lessons of the classical style.

This event is cross-listed at the University Events Calendar.

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